A Game of Codes

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

Everyday technology is getting better and better at making our lives easier, and mobile ‘phones are a great example of this. There are not many mundane tasks left which cannot be aided by the use of a smart ‘phone, from ordering a taxi to shopping for those new shoes, almost everything is at the touch of a fingertip. While this technology obviously has its benefits, sometimes it’s good to stop and consider where all this ‘progression’ will lead us.

 

What once took a skilled labourer days of precision work can now be done in a matter of hours, with little thought required. For example, CNC machining or 3D printing. When you think about this it’s easy to strive for a more technological world, but where is the thought for the craftsman who can no longer compete with a worker that does not tire and does not make mistakes? This aspect of progression can be somewhat of a worry in a world where population is growing and in many places jobs are being replaced with machines.

 

There is always another side to every coin and obviously humans will be needed to develop, maintain, and build these workers of the future, but for how long? A mobile ‘phone can now detect you using a facial scanner and in half an hour can have food arrive at your door, and this is not 25 years since the Nokia 3210 was released. What will become of the next 25 at this exponential rate? How long will it be before a computer can think?

 

There are few professions which could not be done by a computer that thinks, and with a mind that can be upgraded in a matter of minutes it is a scary thought. Consider that a basic skill in recruitment is the ability to understand and recognise the request of a client. This sets one recruiter apart from the rest. If a computer could think independently and learn just as we do, the knowledge they gain with each moment would never be lost and ‘practice’ would simply become information stored as binary in a almost limitless abyss of space. When a machine can understand, recognise and most importantly learn, what will become of the working world?

 

There are many horror stories of robots taking over the world, I-robot and The Terminator to name a few, but what if this progression was simply just an aid? People who were once bound to a wheelchair could walk, and the most difficult surgery was possible every time without mistakes, would this not revolutionise the quality of life for everybody on the planet? As Plato depicts in the analogy of the cave, “hat which has not yet been seen is very difficult to comprehend” so a fear to step out and see the world for what it could be is not something to be fearful of. Fundamentally, technology is progression.

 

Alex Parcei, Venn Group
 

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