Good Evening, God!
I laughed out loud when I read this Dilbert comic this morning. A rueful laugh of recognition! We humans are barely able to maintain Continuous Intermittent Attention — let alone real focus. Except, of course, on video games, etc.
But, it isn’t just apps that are addictive, God. There was a study that showed rats preferred oreo cookies to morphine. Sugar is the drug of choice for Western Civilization. And I even found it added to a bag of potato chips. Yikes!
Then there is this little problem with robots. Factory workers have lost jobs to robots. And now it appears that white collar workers are at risk, too. I just read about a robot that was programed to act as a therapist. It turned out that people confided more to her/it than to a human therapist. The designers theorized that was because the robot NEVER EVER showed a nanosecond of judgment, irritation, impatience or boredom. Well, I thought, Who is next?
And then I read about a huge hedge fund that has set aside 30 billion dollars to be “managed” but artificial intelligence . . . algorithms, God!
Still, I must confess to a desire to upgrade my human OS. My wonderful husband Kit and I have reached the point where we often use Google Maps to navigate for us. The voice (we call her the Google Girl) is totally pleasant ALL THE TIME. No matter what ill advised move we made — her response is a matter of fact instruction on the NEXT turn. She recalculates with grace! Not, alas, like me. I REACT with a wide range of emotions!
So, here I am — taking the Google Girl as the role model I aspire to. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe both?