The year is 2029, its a sunny day in London, the birds are singing and flying high in the April sky. That’s not all that appears to be flying in the English capital. Newspapers are shooting off the press. Millions of people are crowding round the gigantic holographic screens with bated breath… Well, perhaps it wont be a world changing headline, however it certainly should be, at least in my opinion. According to Gordon Moore co founder of Intel, a trend was noticed whereby the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit, doubles approximately every two years. Thus doubling the processing power of computers every two years. This process has remained since it was first coined in 1970 calling itself Moore’s Law. The law states that come the year 2029, providing Moore’s Law doesn’t subside, which looks unlikely, our computers will have the exact same processing power as the human brain. Giving birth to A.I (artificial Intelligence) they will be as smart as we are.
The technology at the leading edge changes so rapidly that you have to keep current after you get out of school. I think probably the most important thing is having good fundamentals.
Human beings have one distinctive flaw. Each of us feel it, and almost all answer it’s overwhelming call. Like it or not, we are a highly violent race. Our capacities for destruction are boundless, even to the point that we each shit on our own door step by polluting the Planet on a daily basis, and purposely seek to hurt one another, all in the name of stuffing the empty hole we all have inside of us. Greed is without doubt an animal instinct that we are yet to be rid of. But if our genetic soups recipe changed and we did shed it off, would be better as a race? Had we never had it to begin with, we would not have all the things that we do. We would still be smashing coconuts on rocks (and each others skulls). Nevertheless, as a race we are all wonderful creators, and extremely generous, each of us designs new things everyday, most of us don’t even realise that we’re doing it, and that is part of the beauty that is, being human. If it wasn’t for the greed of other men we would never get to see all the wonderful parts of the planet, or be able to communicate with each other, we wouldn’t drive big cars and we wouldn’t wear fancy clothes. When AI arrives in our world, will we need to program this human emotional balance in order for them to function as a race of beings that will progress? Will we as a race be held accountable by them for all the unjust, that we have served ourselves throughout our many years dominating the surface of this green and blue world?
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
P. J. O’Rourke
Understandably there are mixed feelings regarding these rather scary issues, that are waiting for us. Many scientists are embracing this future with open arms, after all, which one of them doesn’t want to be locked into a heated discussion with their cars on board CPU, tackling highly debatable opinions, such as the ever massive expanse of the Chinese economy, while the car is also playing chess with their brothers hover board, 2000 miles away in Rio? Sounds a little ridiculous and something from the depths of a 1960’s American cheese program, Visions of the Future, right? Perhaps, however, 150 years ago, they (the considered intellectuals of the time) laughed at Jules Vern’s stories, particularly aiming their cheers at the book From The Earth To The Moon, which he wrote in 1865 and was in fact 34 years before the Wright Brothers took to the skies. Ironically it would appear that Jules had the last laugh, nonetheless from his grave With the dreaming of a future that seems so far out of touch it certainly becomes apparent that scientists and writers alike, have almost certainly predicted what will happen already. One of them will be right. It is simply a question of who.
Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
The boundless imagination of authors such as Arthur C Clarke and Philip K Dick have and will continue to prophesy our future. Almost all futuristic situations are more terrifying than others, yet it is almost all of the positive futuristic outcomes that have come in to fruition, this gives me hope. Statistically speaking, the future’s much brighter than we all think!