Archive for August 3rd, 2019

Guess by trillions

I do not know, and the entire world is a guess. A guess by trillions of entities.

:- Doug.

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Finding not teaching

I am not about teaching, but finding. Not even learning. Finding. Path finding? I am not so sure, at least as far as it suggests I will find the one path, or even one that gets through the woods to something. Because I do not know what. I cannot even guess, let alone predict.

:- Doug.

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Humanity fading into irrelevancy

Humanity may just end not in fire or ice or the sun going super nova, but by fading out, becoming irrelevant in a world of data being the only thing, or super algorithms.

That is possible. What roles does that leave for elders, especially the 300-year grandchild elders?

That is the question, is it not?

:- Doug.

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Choosing a new role for humanity

Once we give sway to algorithms, allow them to make say medical decisions for us we become superfluous. Like the wild animals. Birds. Canada Geese. Monarch butterflies. Bees. Snakes. Frogs. Wheat. Corn. Conversation. Growth.

Algorithms do not need a why. They do not need a meaning. Perhaps our roles then are in Whys and Meanings.

So then the work of the elders will perhaps be to help us find what our roles should be, to find our Whys, Meanings, and Stories.

This is a bigger role than I thought. It is not merely making humanity better. It is choosing a role once our old story no longer fits.

We had thought we were the smartest. We had thought we were those who collaborated the best. Yet algorithms can connect and communicate and thereby collaborate. They can connect to us and read us and our very thoughts. Because we let them. So now we reach a species-level identity crisis.

The very point is that I do not know the answer. I do not even want one answer. We need to work together beyond working together. We need to think together. We need to create. We need to dig deeply to figure out who we are. Together. We need to converse.

What do we want to have happen? Where?

:- Doug.

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Manipulate our desires to rebel?

Will algorithms for artificial intelligence learn to tell stories, to manipulate our desires to rebel?

:- Doug.

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