Combinatorial Technologies

Two undoubted upcoming realities of technological advance are technological underemployment and technological unemployment, the transition from agriculture through the industrial revolution did see a change in job type and perhaps the blah blah blah……this is an awfully hard topic to have a normal conversation about!!
Here are some facts and things to consider.
We can now have machines do many things for us. If a man were transplanted from the 18th century into a closed room and shown the machines and the computational power we have before being left out to look at our society he would have to assume that we live easy lives of leisure and immense pleasure. Having escaped a winter of ongoing near starvation an outbreak of measles and flu and having seen his whole village toil for weeks to plough one field while suffering interminably from a sore throat he would find it difficult to comprehend our collective toil and misery when he eventually emerged to observe us.

How about if we could use the same machine to go just 20 years into the future – would see many of the technologies of today merge and these combinatorial technologies and their potentials for life standards improvements. If we lived there would we hop into our free Uber electric driverless car and speak our address to go home, perhaps it would recognise our retina and just take us home, when home we may have a pre-installed programme whereupon our arrival music is played the temperature is refined and the robot begins to prepare our meal, having long since made the house spotless and tidy; after the meal and letting our humanoid looking companion chat with us as it tidies up we may review our medical data from the day from the smart watch attached to our hands…..the central processing unit at home with its hierarchical neural network based algorithms is happily fulfilling our every need as the most efficient PA ever, all bills are paid and our calendars are organised along with updates of areas of interest and concern for us…..it is just such a pity that we had to leave a job we hate working for an increasingly wealthy and obnoxious boss who pretty unsubtly reminds us of the thousands of homeless people who we pass in that Uber cab on the way home who would gladly swap places with us.

Here again I feel the collective, but competitive OPEN will be the vehicle to transition to a less frustrating future

Martin O'Dea

About Martin O'Dea

Martin O’Dea lives in Dublin, Ireland. His interests and writings are varied and include areas relating to human development through technological and biological advances, as well as the economics and politics of rapid technological advance. His first novel is 'Beyond the Subjectivity Trap'.

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