When my dad was a child, he remembered a conversation his dad and grandfather had about technology. The television set had just hit market when his dad turned to his grandfather and said, “Well that’s it! Everything that could be invented, has. The end of time is near.” Could you imagine hearing that as a child? Pure fear! Thank God they were wrong and my how far we’ve come since the first black and white cathode ray tubes. That’s the scary part. We’ve developed so much more tech since then, that their statement, “…end of time is near,” may not be that far off with the advent of good AI (artificial intelligence).
grandfather said, “Well that’s it! Everything that could be invented, has. The end of time is near.“
AI has been around for a good while, in tech years that is. Think back to early video games. Pac Man had a pattern, the “ghosts” had no “thought,” a specific programmed path telling each one where to go. Memorize their patterns and you can play endlessly for 25¢. Fast-forward to now and these intelligent “bots” can anticipate your every move. This is why video games now have levels of game play from “Can I play daddy?” to “Inhuman.” Hmmmm..Inhuman, that could be a scary word for the future.
Fast-forward another 20 years or so and the human landscape could be largely different. And somewhat scary. Think about what would happen if we got that one codebase just right where the machine “woke up,” thinking for itself. It seems like everything is cloud connected these days, and now this “aware” machine could talk to every connected device, including 3D printers to replicate themselves or make better versions. What if the human race were determined a virus to the machines and the planet, now their home as well? I mean we kind of are with constant thoughts of war, need to kill, tossing trash wherever we please, pumping junk into the atmosphere, and the need to be numero uno. While these thoughts aren’t new, they are a little scary. We aren’t there yet though, so let’s have some fun with our currently “dumb” AI slave counterparts.
Fun With AI
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Siri and Google Now use AI, here’s some fun things to do with them:
- I see a little silhouetto of a man
- When is the world going to end
- Beatbox for me
- What is your best pick up line
- Testing 1,2,3
- I am your father
- What is the meaning of life
- What is zero divided by zero
- Where does Santa live
- Why are firetrucks red
- Why do you vibrate
- Why did the chicken cross the road
- Will you marry me
- Talk dirty to me
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood
- Can you rap
- What is the meaning of life
- What do you think of Siri
- Do you like iPhones
- Do you know Cortana
- Do you know Alexa
- Did you fart?
- Clean my room
- Can you do my homework
- Ask me a question
- Are you going to take over the world
- Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper
- Star Trek or Star Wars
- Open the pod bay doors
- What is your voice