Pascal Derrien

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Life Imitating Life

Life Imitating Life

As I start this article I am quite unsure of where its going to take me to be very honest. I seem to have a bunch of thoughts that I know may need to be refined at some point but I also think they reflect pretty accurately where I am at the moment on a few topical subjects.

I am not going to (even though I could) talk about Block Chain because frankly the discussion appears to be padlocked into a sterile and binary debate. The believers and the non believers argue with no real breakthrough on either side and my conclusion is that the level of the discussion is closer to a coffee machine break contest. Honestly most of what I read would make Justin Bieber's songs lyrics look like an excerpt from a philosophical manuscript.

Artificial intelligence, virtual Reality, augmented reality are big buzz words and the new trends. A genuine opportunity to enter the new world , a fundamental and technological step forward for the entire human race according to various spin doctors. Frankly does reality needs to be augmented? Is it not bad enough as it is? It's funny (almost) that many feel the urge to wear ugly software powered glasses to experience what is called virtual reality while at the same time it's preventing them from performing basic function such as walking and seeing unless they actually remove them !!

Entertaining a discussion with a Chat Bot does frankly leave me cold and I find the experience nearly spooky. I read somewhere that many specialists in healthcare front line will potentially be able to be replaced by automated physicians. Hmm that's all I have to say. I am all for progress, research and development, I agree it is key to the human race evolution. I am not a contrarian for the sake of it but when life is imitating life I am failing to grasp the point. 

The emotionless world some are proposing is one dimensional, the world of apparatus will be perfect, we will reject the defect, humans will be treated as pets. Uniformity of the planet is the new template, where instinct, feelings, ambiguity will be substituted by automatons emoticons. Death, illnesses, biosphere, instincts will be relegated to mere bugs incidents. Passion, excitement and sentiment will be subject to various reboots.

Pretty dystopian vision I know, earth governed by the sons of nothing policed by imposter syndrome soldiers. This is way past scepticism, this is a dark, depressing and gloom. Devoid of light it will be a very comfortable life, albeit no concerns or need for attention it will be in the good care of automation. I don't know you but I find it a bit too sinister and I am not ready yet for humanity's hand over.

Call me a clown but what if the ship goes down?

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Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #39

Thanks Roberto for your comment , funnily enough I am in the process of writing a post about loss of control and I am just reading your comment now... :-) Maybe you are but I am not so sure now I hope I am wrong :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #38

thanks Harvey Lloyd a sane comment full of thought provoking wisdom combining opinion and instinct I like that :-)

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #37

I don't think you are to far off the mark here. TV 50 years ago was a great technology that brought into the home many new ways of gathering information. Look at how psychology now raids the box in manipulating purchases, beliefs and many other aspects of human existence. When we look at ways to input into the human mind we also have to look at "what". Unfortunately we are only at the late middle of understanding the concepts of the inputs detriment to society. Secondarily we have to consider the amount of information that is input. Beyond our own village of living we cant really control the millions of inputs about far away villages. Amazingly though we are emotionally drawn to other villages while we don't even know our next door neighbor. Your thoughts just 60 years ago would have been those of a person requiring medication. Today you are wise prophet.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #36

indeed indeed 👍

human article in every way

Pascal Derrien let us enjoy our human traits as long as we can!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #33

thanks Debesh Choudhury life can be a sweet song or a soap opera 🤔

Debesh Choudhury

3 years ago #32

I thank you Pascal Derrien). What else can give us lively pats on our back other than a good song? I have liked the shared song.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #31

they are just within the realm of my follower framework this not mass pollution I am getting messages that people miss them or it gets lost in the bottom of notifications So over two days following publication I opportunistically position it for reading if people want to if not they ignore it good news is that I only write twice or three times a month 🤔

Fran 🐝 Brizzolis

3 years ago #30

Ok... I don't know... But how do feel if someone tell you the same every 20 minutes?.. .. Your post don't will be better in this way... Don't you think?

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #29

Many thanks Fran I propose my post multiple times to my followers that's true some tag people I don't its like the manual equivalent of the tweet pack other wise my posy lifecycle is of about 20mns. If its inconvenient I would fully understand you unfollow me. have a great day :-)

Fran 🐝 Brizzolis

3 years ago #28

I don't like the way you are sharing this post... Don"t you think it is enought???

Renée 🐝 Cormier

3 years ago #27

Yes, just like the icebox had to evolve into a refrigerator that actually makes ice for you. Deep learning and machine learning are very powerful components of AI. They will never be a substitute for human nature, but imagine if world leaders could take the emotion out of their decisions to go to war. The AI would be able to predict long-term consequences and with the ability to incorporate empathy, as Hanson Robotics is doing with Sophia, then there would never be a recommendation to fire a weapon of any kind. It could even be programmed to stop humans from making irrational decisions. Why should any leader have such control over the fate of the planet? AI can be used as a way to check critical decisions. Hollywood likes the robots taking over the world thing because it makes for an exciting story, but really...

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #26

Indeed Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier I fully agree on evolution and stuff and I have asked myself that very lightbulb question. I just would wish for a bit more balanced view of the world, I get enthusiasm and progress but coming from tech myself I know that's what is called artificial intelligence etc is actually not intelligent at least not yet :-)

Renée 🐝 Cormier

3 years ago #25

As someone who enjoys working with tech clients in the AI realm, I can honestly say, I don't think bots of any kind are going to take over the world. Artificial intelligence technology, however is fascinating and it is, and will continue, to change the way we do things. Just remember, the lightbulb and the automobile did as well. Yes, sometimes people get zapped or run over by a car, but it doesn't make the tech evil or depressing. With change comes great opportunity, my friend. Embrace it. Don't let it depress you.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #24

I hope that too Julio Angel \ud83d\udc1dLopez Lopez and that we wont get carried away with only menaingful technology :-)

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

3 years ago #23

I hope that the future is of useful intelligence. 😁😁😁

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #22

Without falling into a misguided nostalgia there is indeed some big pros about a more analogue existence :-)

John Rylance

3 years ago #21

I used to think AI stood for Artificial Insemination.

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #20

Thanks for that clarification, Pascal. So now I know that AI stands for Artificial Indulgance. 🤣

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #19

as tools I don't mind as an extension of our limbs its obsession Claire L Cardwell but I don't think everybody sees it that way :-)

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #18

You are so right Pascal Derrien - life does not need to be augmented with VR Glasses or contact lenses. It's bad enough trying to deal with certain people who are addicted to their phones and tablets! We've banned them from the dinner table in our house! As far as 'Chatbots' are concerned, I simply hang up! They are mostly replacing sales people who had to read off a pitch. It's so artificial and unpleasant. Great buzz!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #17

That's a fair point Gert Scholtz and I realize I had done just that in the next two paragraphs :-)

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #16

Pascal Derrien Excellent post. To isolate one question you pose: “Frankly, does reality need to be augmented?” Methinks it has always been part of human nature; storytelling, theatre, novels, photographs, movies are all ways in which we augment our reality. Whether the augmentation form and content is healthy or not – that’s another question. I enjoyed reading this– thanks Pascal.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #15

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic....psssst can I share a secret with you? I am told Blockchain articles are written by Chatbots and miniature writing devices :-) On that note I leave you to it I need to reboot :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #14

I am afraid to say Choc bars are only for robots and chatbots Ken Boddie :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #13

First, thank you for not writing about Blockchain. :) About dystopian future, I hope we are not going toward the Huxley's "Brave New World" and the society of happy, genetically modified and sanctioned slaves. Also, nothing can make Justin Bieber's songs lyrics look like an excerpt from a philosophical manuscript.:)

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #12

Scary thoughts, Pascal. The demise of the human race through redundancy may loom higher than by killing the planet. Now where’s that choc bar?

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #11

thanks two is a crowd :-) Not ready either to get the music written by robots glad you like WOC them they are really good :-)

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #10

I'm with you Pal Pascal Derrien I am not ready yet for humanity's hand over as well. BTW love the song adding it to my playlist!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #9

thanks Bill King the thing is there aren't enough submarines for everybody :-) so I let you Imagine :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #8

Herv\u00e9 Sabattier :-) Tu as bien raison, les poemes sont de saison

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #7

thanks Jeremy just a bit of thinking on the analogue side of things :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #6

You must be from an advanced generation CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit Mark IV I think a reboot is on the cards :-)

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #5

No I did not Pascal ! Oh! holychatbotdrat ! As a chatbot I was designed to be irrational and emotionally unstable, so you humans think you got troubles :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #4

thanks John a Chatbot told me to read your comment it is made by a human apparently :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #3

thanks sir glad you appreciate my superficial thoughts but they are not artificial Debasish Majumder

John Rylance

3 years ago #2

As one clown to another as Billy Joel sings " We all go down together.

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #1

wonderful insight Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read and shared. thank you an absolutely relevant buzz.

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