The field of advanced computing is exploding like never before.
Artificial Intelligence was languishing for the longest time with almost no advancements, just a bunch of research papers stuck in drawers at the major universities. Just to be clear, what we are calling “AI” now is not true AI – but that’s a whole ‘nother discussion. “AI”. It’s just a sales and marketing term. (Just like “The Cloud”, it’s just renaming “hosted services” so it make you feel better that instead of buying something and paying for it once, you pay for it every month forever).
Here is some highlights of the history of technology. The floppy disk was invented in 1970. Dot Matrix printers in 1972. IBM PC was in 1981. CD ROM in 1984. Phones without cords was in 1988. World Wide Web internet protocol “http” was in 1990. Fast forward to people doing things here and there, video on web, MySpace craze started in 2003. Then all kinds of instant messaging boomed. Starting in 2010: Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter. Social media was a happy place with people posting what they ate for breakfast or taking pictures of their cats. Then…
Step back a moment, to the mythic idyllic times: Remember the Andy Griffith Show? Every town had the village idiots (Barney Fife, Gomer, and Goober Pyle), the town miscreant (Otis), the know-it-all with wrong/incorrect information (Floyd the barber), the naïve unworldly impressionable (Opie), the outstanding citizen (Aunt Bee); and the glue that made everything work together by suppressing the incompetent, correcting the misinformation, and educating the ignorant, Sheriff Andy Taylor.
Then World Wide Dystopia One hit where all of the connectivity of all people was possible. All the early adopters, generally on the smart side of things, made the internet interesting. Much of it was boring. When YouTube was new, people watched the videos even if it was beyond awful, just to shake their heads in disbelief and sometimes disgust.
Back to Mayberry. Andy Griffith kept Otis in check. Tried to keep Floyd from spreading rumors. Barney Fife can only have one bullet and it was in his shirt pocket, Goober and Gomer were kept at bay. Then it happened.
Every town has their own troublemakers put in their place to keep the peace. Then it happened. Social Media. The Gomers and Goobers can connect with all of the other Gomers and Goobers in all of the other twons – anywhere! Worldwide!!! Then the Otis’ got connected. Then the Floyds got connected. Then the Opies were already connected but without Sheriff Taylor being able to control the flow of the ne’er-do-wells – all of the Opies got sucked in and corrupted.
And that was just the incorrectly named “‘Social’ Media”… We have not even corrected the ill effects of this Interconnected Media fiasco; and now we have AI or Artificial Intelligence marching right in to the fray. Are we, as in humans on the brink of extinction, or will we survive this AI infusion into the world society?