While tech billionaires set out to cure disease and save the world, Jim Kozubek argues that “making ourselves too perfect could mean our doom”.
“In evolution everything is grasping for its purpose.”
In a recent Aeon article (
Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise) he points out that humans are not machines to be bug fixed and optimised. Genetic variation is important and brings long term benefits.
“In evolution, everything is grasping for its purpose. Parts that break down can become the next best thing.” Jim Kozubek
The Missing Link
Human intelligence is the required agenda-setter for machine intelligence according to
Katherine Bailey in this article on TechCrunch.
It’s reassuring to know that we are to have a role in our technological future.
Here’s the link to the interview I did last year with IndieReader, which they kindly published over the holiday period.
Joel Mentmore on finding inspiration in the Early European History section of the British Museum when his smartphone died
I was a particularly tardy blogger towards the end of last year and realise that I probably haven’t posted the
link to the terrific review of SMART which IndieReader published earlier last year.
Indiereader’s final verdict:
SMART is an intriguing and thoughtful exploration of smart technology, of human tools and their effect, real and potential, on human society, wrapped up in a clever and entertaining story.
You can’t give it away.
Highway safety regulators called, so Hotz opted to offer a product with less liability.
After mothballing Comma One, George Hotz releases free autonomous car software | Ars Technica
You couldn’t make this stuff up! Oh, hang on . . .
I already did.
ar companies are finally realising that what they sell is just a big computer you sit in.” “C
So says Kevin Tighe, a senior systems engineer at security testing firm Bugcrowd according to
this Guardian article, reporting from the “car-hacking village” at this year’s Defcon, the hacker conference.
No Steering Wheels
President: Where we’re going, there are no steering wheels
Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021
Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy
Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.
Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld
Expect more of this kind of article. Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.