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Learning to think again

Humans are thinking creatures. Otherwise, the only difference between humans and other animals is that we have bigger brains that also allow us to speak.

But we use less brainpower every day because we use calculators, Google, and self-driving cars. We’re not lazy.; we just prefer to do the things we want so we can carry on with the business of living.

However, what we risk skipping though are the lessons in between. The proclivity to outsource learning and move on never give neurons a chance to make new synaptic connections.

When we want to recall a statistic or a dig back into our vocabulary, the brain goes through the process of unlearning a skill. To avoid automation, the mind runs past its library of facts and pictures and jogs the mind’s memory.

Thinking is a bicep curl for the mind

Yet today, we’re more likely to divert our chance to think, choosing the exactitude of bots and recipes rather than leaning into our ignorance to solve problems.

Nevertheless, what most digital naysayers don’t realize is that new technology, whether it’s the rise of machines via the industrial revolution or smart computers driving artificial intelligence, will always birth other things to learn like coding. Coding feeds the machines and tells them what to do. However, we should resist becoming the tools of our tools, as Thoreau admonished.

We’re both and winning losing it at the neurocognitive level while advancing society at the same time. The hard part will be holding on to ambiguity, the space in between the strange things, as the data will always feel the need to identify and fix things. Most importantly, what thinking teaches us is that it’s ok to be wrong.

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Meet the Godfather of AI

 

If you want to understand a complicated device like a brain, you should build one…The brain’s a big neural network.

Geoff Hinton has been trying to make computers think like humans for over 40 years. In our time, before our time, Hinton the pariah kept pushing the idea that computers could think. The 21st-century rise of the internet and machine learning vindicate his work.

 

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Life & Philosophy Psychology Tech

Are we still alive?

Somewhere upon the way of evolution, humans lucked out. We developed language. We had hands that allowed us to manipulate our environment.

A bigger brain doesn’t make you smarter or more conscious. Neanderthals had larger brains than humans, so too do dolphins and whales. But the former died off, and the latter remain confined to water.

Meanwhile, humans built intricate tools. Says American neuroscientist Christof Koch, “human civilization is all about tools, whether it’s a little stone, an arrow, a bomb, or a computer.”

Given the advancements in technology and artificial intelligence, we may be too smart for our own good. By developing tools to think and for us, we’re outsourcing our neurons and developing a kind of robotic consciousness.

Humans are turning into broken machines.

Our jobs make us feel important and shape our identity. What are people going to do when they no longer have to work and have bundles of free time? Most of us will procrastinate and lounge while others will want to play like children with crayons again.

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Productivity & Work Psychology Uncategorized

Idle humanness

Humans are organic algorithms. We are cardiologists, historians, and taxi drivers that represent a bank of knowledge and reproducible skill.

In 2005, Thoms Friedman famous proclaimed that the World is Flat. What he didn’t foresee is that the democratization of phones and web access would render human thinking useless. Cars will be autonomous, robots will conduct surgeries and give Spanish lessons to kids. Pattern recognization.

Intelligence is pattern recognization, whether it comes from the mind of a human or through the voltage of a computer. But the latter is 10x times faster and doesn’t tire out.

What will we do when we have nothing to do? Art, too, will be robotized — books will write themselves, paintings will mechanized. We are condemned to innovate for the sake of human self or will be left scrolling in boredom.

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