artificial intelligence

The Smart Life

What do you think about artificial intelligence? Is it a good thing? A bad thing?

For me, it depends on how far it goes. I can appreciate AI in some circumstances. Like self-learning thermostats for the home, and similar things. Beyond that, I’ve got some problems. Self-driving cars are great but do they record all of your trips? Alexa and products like that– collect information about you. Smart TVs that can do that and more. All of that information about you is stored somewhere. These products will learn to tailor ads and whatnot to your preferences.

To some, this might be a dream come true but it scares the hell out of me. Our privacy has been compromised enough, with products like Facebook, not to mention the web browsers we use. Zuck once said, “there’s no such thing as privacy anymore.” And he’s right. Where does it end? It doesn’t. AI products are getting smarter all the time. What if, say, you’re buying bomb-making equipment using your Alexa. If it finds your purchases suspicious, will it alert your local police and the ATF? There are some who’d be cool with that. I appreciate the sentiment. But I don’t think I’d want something recording my every purchase and whatever else. That’s why I don’t have one.

A long while ago, I read a novella where people were constantly under surveillance. Everywhere. Can’t take a dump without somebody watching. All in the name of security. I wouldn’t want to live like that.… Continue reading