Intelligence is not Artificial

by piero scaruffi

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(These are excerpts from my book "Intelligence is not Artificial")

Life with Algorithms: Tomorrow's Utopia

So far this book mainly spoke of algorithms as dumb and/or evil. It is my belief that today's algorithms deserve it: most of today's algorithms are dumb and/or evil. But that doesn't have to be the future. They can certainly become smarter. And they can certainly become more useful for ordinary people (not only for businesses and governments). I have criticized "smart cities" because they tend to focus on buildings and streets, and not enough on people. That is a general problem of algorithms, that are much better at dealing with physical objects than with physical people (for the simple reason that objects are easier to model mathematically than people). However, the algorithms of a smart city could also focus on people. For example, algorithms could help improve the quality of engagement. There are people in cities, but they live unnatural lives if they are kept isolated from each other. The goal of a "smart" city should also be to encourage interaction and collaboration, leading to higher and higher forms of engagement. We can design algorithms to augment individual and collective experience, algorithms to improve trust, security, match making, discovery, algorithms to augment our ability to engage, algorithms to create collectively something positive that didn't exist before. For example, the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, founded in 2010 by Mark Nelson, aims at using technology to increase "positive engagement".

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