Algorithms are acting weird
If you're a sci fi nerd like I am, you may have watched the Movie I Robot, or other movies about Artificial intelligence taking over. Of course who can forget the movies that Arnold Schwarzeneger made famous, the Terminator and Total Recall. I recently read the book Origin by Dan Brown, (spoiler alert!) which implies that humanity is moving into an technological evolution, merging our present form with the technology we are creating to become a new species. When you see people's faces plastered to their phones, or their fingers seemingly glued to their texting screens, you have to wonder.
Try to imagine however, what would happen if all our satelites came crashing down. Most of our communication these days, including watching TV, is reliant on the signals relayed from those Satelites. My husband and I also love watching what we call 'disaster' movies, where all hell breaks loose in the form of tornados, earthquakes,solar flares, ice storms, volcanos and the list goes on....there is always some technology in those movies that saves humanity. Where would we be without it! Think about your Grandparents or Great Grandparents, depending on how old you are.
Technology for them was simply electricity and if you lived in a large city, you might have thought natural Gas was the most wonderful invention. A phone was a device that only the middle class and the wealthy could afford, and involved having to go through an operator every time. When you visited with family and friends, your attention was focused on them, not on your smart phone or Ipad. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love all this modern technology! I am old enough that I can remember when things were much less techy. However, the movies I mentioned in the beginning have got me thinking about what if?
My oldest son is a computer programmer and recently went to a Google convention (lucky guy). He told me that the algorithms behind Google have become 'self learning', an artificial intelligence if you will. Humans still think they control computers and the language behind it... Silly humans. Speaking of algorithms, the ones that live in my website have been behaving weird lately.
Internal links to my pages are breaking for no apparent obvious reason. Yesterday I noticed that I had two duplicate pages, that I did not create AND they were sitting in TRASH. First, I did not create them, and second, I did not put them in TRASH. One of my pages had it's position moved in my Main Menu too, from the front to the back. I also did not do that! I had to do some fixing yesterday but I wonder how long before I have to do that again.
Here I am sitting at my desk top computer, looking outside to the snow that is falling again, and I wonder what my life would have been like 100 years ago. Would it be better? Or worse?Now if I could go back in Time......