2018 No. 3: Technology and Transformation

The previous lecture looked at the sustainability Crisis of 10,000,000,000 going shopping. Today we will look at this generation’s Opportunity that technology offers. It may or may not save us, but it is clearly already transforming us.

Lecture 3 Slides

Here are the links to today’s TED Talks. As always, please watch them again with subtitle that are suitable for you. But if you want a bigger challenge, please try watching with English subtitles.

Homework:

Which of these talks was most interesting to you and why? Please post your reply below. (About 100 words)

19 thoughts on “2018 No. 3: Technology and Transformation

  1. The third video was most interesting to me, it is because I liked his point of view and agreed with it. Today, the improvement of artificial intelligence is highly evaluated, however at the same time, we must comprehend the potential risks AI may cause. Quite a few people overlook the point which is terrifying.
    Unfortunately, it seems too late to deter AI’s growth, they’ve got deep-learning which they can learn spontaneously. So what we can do at this moment would be trying to create a compatible society for AIs and human beings by grasping the benefits as well as drawbacks of AI

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  2. Nowadays, we normally use a computer learning our lives such as Google, Amazon, and cookie which suggest you some websites you might like. In this video, the lecturer said that computers can learn (deep learning), listen and understand, see and read, also they can write. They become like humans or maybe becoming more than humans. Also, he explained plenty of facts about computer learning and they become smarter. That makes me amazed and scared. A few years ago, we thought computers never become smarter than humans but now they can learn new things by themselves. Development of technology makes our lives easier. On the other hand, if people lose control of computers they will control us. Of course, it’s just a possibility but we should be more careful about technological development.

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  3. I like the second video, it is more persuative and related with the human history closer. When it comapres, through back the era all humas were born on earth and modern people are not exactly same. We change our apperance to adopt with the different environment for surviving and transfering species to the next generaions. Thus, for me it is comprehensive the fact our structure of brain transiting to now.

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  4. I prefer to the first video from Jeremy Howard about The wonderful and terrifying implication of computer that can learn because from this video we can know how the computer works and I got interested in the name of system in computer is Machine Learning or Deep Learning… From this learning computer can do anything like read, see, understand and write that also can be done as well as we done, like the Google and Baidu (Chinese) can read what we want to search by provide us some of pictures.. We just enter the keywords and the computer will show us some probably things which we search.. Another instance is the friends in Facebook, do you ever met the Facebook do the friend suggestion that we may know.. And the google translate, etc.. It is the part of machine learning or machine learning… It seems like a good thing for us, but besides that we are as the human beings could probably be changed by the computer.. So Jeremy Howard tell us that we should balance the social and economic structure in order to get used to with the computer…

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  5. I prefer the third one, ” Can we build AI without losing control over it?”. The speaker talked about what we can get from AI and also it could destroy our world. I think that AI is scary because AI will terrify us andcould make humans extinct if it become very huge scale thing and smarter than human beings. I chose this vedio because he talked all of things about AI and made my mind clear. AI sounds nice and could help human beings to live more comfortable. However, AI could also become our fear. So we have to think about what AI effect us and be more careful not to make AI become our fear.

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  6. The second video compared the computer to the humans brain and the examples was so easy to understand. In addition, this thought was different from another one in terms of connecting the computer and the humans brain so this was most interesting. We can extend our neocortex in synthetic neocortex without restriction however I wonder if our brain connected with the computerwe could control the computer’s evolution or not or we become more controlled thing from the inside than ever. I’ve thought about the world controlled by computer in the future but I’ve never thought about the human controlled by computer from the inside. So this video was most interesting for me.

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  7. I am more interested in the third video, because what he said it is real and I feel the situation now. He said that our AI is getting developed by the scientist and technicians, we keep improving the technology to facilitate our needs. But if we keep improving there is the time where we will be controlled by the AI not we control the AI. He made an argument saying that the society warns about the upcoming 50 years later about the technology is like warn about the overpopulation if we leave in Mars. What the messages that he wanted to deliver are we don’t have to worry about the developing technology, because we didn’t know when will the technology destroy or take over us. The conclusion that I can say from the video is that we have to admit that technology keeps growing, we just need to make sure that we can live with the technology not controlled by the technology.

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  8. Artificial Intelligence is one of the big issues because what will happen in the future if we adapt AI as the main technology and what will happen in the future if we improve AI better or like Super-Intelligence Artificial, it will destroy us or not. In the third video, Sam Harris tried to tell his perspective about how can we build AI without losing control over it. Some statements from Harris I agree because sometimes some peoples think that AI is dangerous and there is no solution for it, but in this video, Harris tried to make us think deeply. he also tells us to imagine how bad it would like to be to prevent us from making improvement in our technology permanently, generation after generation. Hence, The technology can possible improved by themselves without human’s help. So that is why The improvement of Artificial Intelligence is highly evaluated, we have to consider the potential risk of AI. If we just ignore the risk, it will destroy us. The existence of AI also influences the employment and wealth of peoples in the future. So we needed to learn the source of Artificial Intelligence, we can get the basic of AI. Although it is too late, at this moment, we can make something that tries to hold socialization or seminar for society about AI and humans by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of AIs.

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  9. I personally interested in the 3rd video which talks about the existence of Artificial Intelligence. I realize that as the world continue and human keep creating and improving the artificial intelligence and technology with the former intention as the tools to help doing something, we need to consider very strictly about its safety and the impact to our world. Because, what we’re just doing now is keep creating more and more advance of artificial intelligence without thinking much further what would happen in the future. They might change our position, take our job, even try to exceed us, and for the worst could control us. If that so happen, then what we create now is just a ‘gun’ to kill ourselves later in the future that we can’t predict. Furthermore, I think, it’s now the right time to consider for every artificial intelligence and technology that we create, it should help us now and later not to exceed us nor to change us.

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  10. I was interesting with the video about IA by Sam Harris – Can We Build IA Without Losing Control Over It. He talk about how the artificial intelligent might destroy us in the future, when we keep making and improve the intelligent machines, make the machines smarter than we are, then they begin to improve themselves. It means that our machines could be greater than we are, even it can compete with us. If it continously happen and we lose control over it, something that we didn’t expect to happen would happen; we get controlled by the machines. Now, you controlled your machines to do something, but later, it would be your machines which controlled you to do something. Sounds horrible right? Sam Harris also said, we have no idea how long it will take us to create the conditions to do that safely. So, it’s not only about “how to improve our intelligent machines” but we should also think about “how to prevent the losing control over our intelligent machines”.

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  11. I’m interested in Sam Harris’s TED the most. Because I wonder what happen in the future by living with AI and I agree with his opinion.
    Thesedays, the situation that face artificial intelligent is increasing, I think. For instance, smart phone, computer, guide and so on. I’m not sure, but in Japan, artificial intelligent appear in issue that job future. I don’t know what people who develop artificial intelligent want to do by improve AI.
    As Sam said, People must rearise that we are creating kind of God.

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  12. I am especially interested in Ray ‘s idea. Combining biological idea and non-biological idea sounds great. This is because this makes it possible to assign distinctive roles to both of human beings and AI, which pretty helps turn the world into better place. AI is good at searching and managing quantity of information. On the other hand, we human beings are able to generate new ideas, which seems to be impossible for AI, though they may refine their responses based on the data they have. It appears that we human beings as decision maker have to acquire and improve the ability of picking up proper information and of separating appropriate information from inappropriate information. This is, I think, a way of coexisting us human beings and AI.

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  13. I was interested in third video. In this society, we are surrounded by a lot of Artificial Intelligence. For example, car, cleaning machines, google and so on. We often didn’t care about these stuff because it is not special thing to use. When I had worked part time job, I worked with AI called “Pepper” and he did many kinds of jobs like greeting and customer service. He worked instead of humans so our jobs get more easier. However, it is not good to completely rely on AI because we can’ t handle all of thing by ourselves.

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  14. The second video by Ray Kurzweil is more interested for me. He was talked about cerebral cortex of mammal and this has a variety of possibility . I was surprised that mammal is only being which have cortex because I think other creature are very smart and bright to survive their life and the mammal is the same. But almost human is don’t have to survive because most people do not have enemy who are danger to survive. And human have weak point especially mental part. But he said mammal is wise being including human. So I think my opinion is different from him.

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  15. The third story “can we build AI without losing control over it?” was more interesting to me. Because I am interested in AI and I agreed with the story of this lecturer Sam harris . Of course AI is something that could help us create a better world, others like Sam Harris see AI as a potential threat to humanity.According to Harris, we may be witnesses to these dangers in the near future. In my opinion, we strive to improve AI, the dangers of such efforts may start to reveal themselves. In addition, at the end of the line, the build purpose of these machines won’t make a difference to them turning against us. Because if they decide to turn against us for any reason, it will be by something that we did not calculate. For example creating a gardening robot compared to a security one will greatly reduce its chances of it turning against us. But still at the end of the day, we can’t be sure that even the gardener robot won’t turn against us. All in all, I think that regardless of the possible dangers that AI poses, it’s still worth it. And three fields of ‘inference’, ‘image’ and ‘concrete example’ that AI is not good. In that sense I think that we will not losing control to AI yet.

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  16. I was more interested in the third video, “CAN WE BUILD AI WITHOUT LOSING CONTROL OVER IT?” by Sam Harris. The risks of AI he talked in the video were very serious problems and they are getting more realistic year by year. Especially, I am afraid of the threat of an unmanned combat aerial vehicle. As Mr.Harris said, if we could not control the combat drones for some reason, they might keep killing random people even when they were not ordered to do. Of course AI makes our live comfortable, but it has a lots of risks at the same time. We have to consider what AI will brings us if they have high intelligence than we have and evaluate them deeply.

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  17. I was more interested in third video, ”Can we built AI without losing control over it?” Recentry, AI technologies have developed dramatically. So, I can’t image what will happen in the future. I think I have to be a person who isn’t controled by AI. So, We have to recognize that not only good point of AI but also disadvantage of it. For example, one of the bad aspect of AI is that it takes away people’s job. I’m worry about my future job.

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  18. The second video was most interesting to me, it is because I thought he’s view was new.I didn’t know if human’ brain extends,it is possible to increase the amount of thought.I was particularly shocked a girl’s story which was doctors touched part of the her’s brain,she burst out laughing.I didn’t believe this story because I have thought emotion was controlled by myself. I could get new discoveries and a way of new thinking from this video. So,the second video was the most interesting for me.

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  19. I thought the third video was most interesting to me, because I have an uneasy sensation about how Superintelligent AI will be changing our life. The lecturer said we continue to improve our intelligent machines year after year, it might destroy us or not. About this matter, we must not think that it like somebody else’s problem. But we assume to think like that. I consider we should be changing the way one look at Superintelligent AI to do safety it for beings from now.

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