University students man and woman programming humanoid bipedal robot at their laptops. Artificial intelligence science class. Flat style vector illustration.

Artificial Intelligence and how it will change the world

Artificial Intelligence has been speculated to change the world in many ways. There is no consensus as to how this will happen though. The recent disagreement between two of the biggest names in tech – Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg– about the future of Artificial Intelligence shows just how divided the tech world is on the subject. Mark Zuckerberg was of the view that we should not worry too much about Artificial Intelligence and believes that it will mostly be beneficial. Elon Musk, on the other hand, believes that we should be more cautious as to how we proceed in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

I would say there are two major concerns about the future of AI, namely, will AI replace our jobs and will AI kill us? Here we will focus on the former concern as I believe there is a greater chance of this happening in the immediate future. So will AI replace our jobs? It’s hard to say. In the past, when automation first became widely adopted in the manufacturing industry, people were also worried about losing their jobs to machines, and they did. However, in addition to replacing jobs, it also created a lot more new jobs that were also specialized.

The automation of the manufacturing industry lead to salaries increasing, and an increase in production was also seen. This stimulated economic growth and we can safely say that the adoption of automation was beneficial to us. History might not repeat itself this time around though. AI is said to be replacing 50% of jobs over the next decade.

Jobs most likely to be replaced include the ones that involve a lot of repetitive work. Jobs like cashiers, telemarketers, cooks and bookkeepers, just to mention a few. Imagine walking into a store, taking what you need and walking out. Imagine not getting those irritating phone calls from telemarketers trying to sell you something that you don’t need. AI systems will know what you need when you need it before you even know you need it.

This sounds amazing and everything but would you even be able to afford the things you need if you have been replaced by the very same system that knows your every need? Hopefully, things won’t turn out that way but it is still too early to say. One thing that I can say is that AI will touch every industry imaginable. It won’t even affect the way we work but the way we play as well.

In conclusion, I believe that yes, AI will replace many jobs. I also think that for the most part, it will also change the way we work. Jobs will be augmented by AI and it will take care of all of the repetitive tasks. We will then be able to focus more on creative tasks. Jobs that require physical and emotional human interaction will also remain. We will need to adapt to this change and learn new skills if we want to stay relevant. We will need to come up with strategies to minimize the effect that AI will have on people’s livelihoods. This will need to be done proactively rather than reactively. If we don’t, then maybe the AI can do it for us.

Linking success and happiness

I originally posted this piece on Facebook in 2009. It was my very first attempt at writing a blog type post. I got some positive feedback regarding the post but it’s kinda embarrassing reading it now. Please don’t be too critical ;-).

Introduction

The other day I was wondering about the relationship between success and happiness, and the barriers to achieving it. I decided to create this note to put my thoughts into perspective and more importantly, inspire readers, or at least try to inspire them to be successful.

Before we continue we first have to define what success is. Many people would define it differently. Some would say that wealth, awards and achievements determine success. It is my opinion however that success is measured by your level of happiness. You may have all the money in the world, but may not be happy. This would not make you much less different, emotionally, to someone who has to beg for money in order to survive.

What are the barriers to becoming successful?

I have heard many inspiring words from many individuals on achieving success but most of them made no significant impact on my views on achieving it. I never really went out of my way to find an answer to this question because I always had this belief that I’ll just “go with the flow” and “take things as they come”. It has become more apparent to me however that I need to find an answer to this question. It all started quite recently and seemed like an ordinary day in class, my lecturer, however, decided to give the class a motivational speech and what he had to say was very profound. He was speaking about phobias and used the fear of heights as an example. He said that people who have a fear of heights feel as if they are being pulled over the edge so they have to prevent themselves from falling. Although I do not have a fear of heights I can see how this relates to my own phobias. He then went on to say that it works the same for people who have a fear of failing. If you have a fear of failing, that fear pulls you in and you normally end up failing. I wish someone had told me this when I started high school, but now I am sharing it with you and hope that it is a bit useful.

How can happiness be achieved?

I am still searching for an answer to this question but I do have a few theories. These theories haven’t been tested yet because I haven’t tried them yet. But in my opinion, people are unhappy because of their own inadequacies. No one is perfect but we are always unhappy about one or more things concerning our character or physical traits. We should first learn to live with ourselves and accept that imperfections are a part of who we are before we can be truly happy. If you would really like to change something that you may see as a fault then that can also be done, by setting realistic and written goals. In a book I read, the author spoke about setting goals. He suggested that we should try to underachieve rather than overachieve. He gave an example of a person who just started going to gym. We have all heard of people who just started going to gym and spending hours there from the first day. After the first week or so they begin to feel overwhelmed. He then suggested that instead of spending hours in the gym why not just spend 20 minutes there and force yourself to stick to it. This will make you feel underwhelmed rather than overwhelmed. One thing that I do not like about myself is the fact that I’m so quiet and people are always reminding me of it. So maybe I’ll set myself a goal of speaking to two new people a week. The number of people per week can then gradually be increased as I am feeling more and more underwhelmed.

Conclusion

So those are my thoughts. I would like to end off by saying that the message I am actually trying to convey is: Strive to live with yourself, for happiness will follow and success will follow shortly. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to comment.

Seedr – Torrents to Cloud

Seedr is a site that allows you to download torrents to the cloud, making it easy for you to access this data from anywhere where there is an internet connection.

This isn’t something unique, however, I have used nearly every similar site and I have to say, Seedr is up there with the best. You may ask why I would say that, and I will tell you. Even though the idea of downloading torrents to the cloud is not a unique one, Seedr has one unique aspect to it, that is, they give you the option of acquiring more space for free. It works like this, on the free account, you get 2GB of storage. You could pay  to upgrade that storage to 1TB, 100GB, or 30GB, or if you don’t need that much storage you could do things like posting a review on twitter, write a blog post, create a Youtube video, or pin Seedr’s image on Pinterest. Doing these tasks usually gives you 500mb of extra storage each.

You are also provided with a link that you can share on social networks. If anyone signs up to Seedr with your link , you are given another extra 500mb.

If this sounds appealing to you  then go ahead and visit Seedr at https://www.seedr.cc/. You won’t be disappointed!