Someone will probably be able to tell me off the top of their head about the history of this quote.
But someone once said something to the effect that “we are only bound by the limits of our imagination.” I want to say Aesop but I could be wrong. Either him or someone in Star Trek.
The underlying theme is that if you can think it...if you can imagine it, then you can come up with a plan to make it a reality.
Although this is a noble plan for mankind, is it pragmatic or even reasonable to think that it should be the norm?
I bring this to the table noting the tragedy in Arizona where a driverless car hit a pedestrian making for the first such type of fatal accident that has been recorded. The technology is growing by leaps and bounds.
I don’t mean to be flip but we are almost to the point that travel doesn’t mean getting in a car but a walk down the street to say to someone “beam me up.”
I am just sitting here thinking about this concept of “artificial intelligence” and all that is around it and wondering aloud whether we are creating more of a problem then we are coming up with solutions.
We are relying on the artificial rather than the real and confuse reality with the imagination in the process.
And by doing all this we take another generation away from interactions that can benefit the world so that we can plug in the data and have it spit out a solution.
Gone are the days where one has an intuition. Gone are the days where your gut tells you it is the right way or the wrong way to do something.
Gone is all that for Artificial Intelligence and the knowledge that we are expanding our horizons
Are we expanding our horizons or are we just limiting our need to think and live and enjoy..
“To boldly go where no man has gone before” is something that Star Trek’s original open tells us.
But should we master what we have in front of us before we try to conquer the universe with new inventions?
Can we start with maybe Dems and Reps getting along? Maybe North Korea and the rest of the world seeing eye to eye. How about Russia and US relations. Can we start there first?
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