Artificial dumbness

This is the age of science, learning and breakthroughs with technology, every day more and more facts and data are gained, boundaries are pushed further, the delivery of information is absolute for most of the global population, on tap data across multiple networks is accessible all the time.

As with Moores law, the packing of components onto circuit boards is making hardware faster and more reactive to our needs, Artificial Intelligence is everywhere, from finding errors with input in a web browser for a misspelling, suggesting links and products, friends on social media, getting driving directions, suggesting holidays and much much more.

With all this active neural network feedback and power across our devices we carry – and those installed around us, there is no question that we are assisted in our lives by AI systems whether we like it or not and for the most part this is a good thing.

Does this digital delivery actually take out a step of interaction with what we are doing, do our brains not need to think so much, if we get a word wrong when typing, we can normally see the mistake and would correct it ourselves but it is all too easy to correct it with the spellchecker, sometimes the software will do this itself as Google does.

If we do not notice the mistake we made and it is autocorrected, we are not learning of the mistake to correct it then carry on forward getting it right, perhaps passing that mistake onto others. What if the computer or device makes a mistake, we learn that mistake as do not know otherwise and again can pass it onto others.

It has been like this for a long time as AI has crept in all around us, predictive text on mobile phones have done this since the early days with the user only needing to enter a few characters for word suggestions to pop up, whole sentences are analyzed now and can be corrected in this way also.

Perhaps it is not the current generation we should be worried about but those going forward, their thumbs will be bigger through interaction with smart flat-panel devices, let’s hope that their brains would not have lost any general thinking and thought process capacity overall as machines go on to think more and more for us.