Deus ex machina - the future of computing

Have you ever wondered what the internet will look like in the future? When technologies have changed so much that the whole web is truly decentralized, all processes happen simultaneously everywhere. The loss of a node or outside interference can no longer affect what’s going on inside. Where data is available to all without censorship or restrictions, and is constantly accumulating. 

A key difference between the internet we know now and its future incarnation will be this: AI will analyze and sift all data like anti-scientific information, baseless speculation, perhaps even brilliant thoughts. For those interested, it will provide footnotes to real research and publications. But besides simply showing such research, AI will also collect information from other sources: all rebuttals, criticism, related disciplines and studies, and analysis of other people’s opinions. There will be a continuous data analysis process, taking into account new data generated all the time, and all this will run in parallel and non-stop. 

The exchange of ideas will be unlimited. In addition, the end user will not need to consider the truth value of statements: all this will be done automatically based on thousands of inputs; all data will be at your fingertips for you to check, if necessary. Having a database of relevant and purely scientific knowledge will make it possible to get the correct answer to almost any question, both the simple ones and those requiring extensive research. Because the main advantage of AI is the ability to predict. Armed with such a training database, we can dramatically improve people’s education, as well as create a universal self-updating scientific reference book. 

If one adds to this concept a neural network able to interpret all knowledge in a human-understandable language, complete with relevant analogies, and even generate graphs, videos, and 3D visualization in real time, if there are no such referents in the database, then it will be possible to explain anything to anyone, regardless of what knowledge they had before. 

Such a neural network is not a flight of imagination; many labs are already studying brain activity to create models that will help to understand what we’re thinking about. By analyzing this information, the neural network interpreter will be able to select the right approach for the individual, reminiscent of the cold-reading techniques used by psychics to obtain extra details when the flow of information changes according to their subject’s reaction. Only the AI will be literally inside the person’s head and get far more feedback during training. That’s what I would call the perfect teacher.

Now imagine a person walking along, wearing glasses and a cap. Inside the cap are non-invasive electrodes that read brain activity, allowing the wearer to access any information at will, which gets displayed on the glasses and is probably a good deal more relevant than any search results. If I spoke Latin, I would call it deus ex machina, literally “God from the machine” — a plot device whereby a complex situation is miraculously resolved (I don’t wish to hurt anyone’s feelings, but simply liken the power of this technology to the concept of God). It's a pity that for the moment we'll most likely lack the technological progress and computing power to bring this idea to life. But such technology can also be applied to speed up development in the right areas. Instead of a team of scientists with fragmented knowledge, we will have a self-generating scientific database that draws conclusions from the well of all human knowledge.

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Jason Azenis I cannot agree or disagree with this. Perception of the future is what makes it become reality. There will be those who would want this type of tech completely, fading through to those who reject it completely. 25 years ago in my country we were introduced to mobile phones in there basic form. We had sms and phonecalls. Much like shouting across the valley to your friend on the other hill or writing letters to people far away. Now we Video call and control our homes, businesses and lives from our smart phones. So by 2050 we might just have the ability to sit down on a park bench and stick a disc to our temples, close our eyes and control the mining equipment on Venus remotely, while we feel the grass between our toes and chew on a beef sandwich made from real factory grown beef without worrying about cow farts or eating mopane worms.
08 Nov 2022
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