Why AI Makes Me Uneasy

My Thoughts On Artificial Intelligence

Hearing Elon Musk discussing AI in his Rishi Sunak interview, I was taken aback by some of his subtle warnings. The accelerated growth of artificial intelligence in recent months has startled me and now I worry that Elon knows more than he is letting on.

The idea of unknown entities being able to access personal data doesn’t sit well with me.

In this brief piece, I want to consider a few uncertain points that alarm me now.

What’s Making Me Nervous?

Elon mentioned that in future there may be no need for jobs. People will have no need to go to work as AI will be able to do everything for us.

Let me get that straight. Nobody will need to go to work? Sounds great but also scary.

If that is the case, how do we know these robots won’t just take over the planet? Surely we will all end up obese and with little purpose. Depressed humans with nothing to do.

As well as this, who is to say that these robots won’t spread lies and turn us against each other? Much like what fake news does these days.

I cannot perceive the range of possible ways that this AI revolution could implode. So yes, Rishi and Elon, we do need to be one step in front of it. Safeguards should be put into place to make sure the whole thing cannot just steamroll us.

In A Nutshell

This subject is so massive and very current. I could go on about it all day. But these ideas of employment becoming extinct and information getting into the wrong hands are unsettling as far as I am concerned.

What are your thoughts on this controversial topic?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my AI article. For some book, TV and podcast recommendations, take a look at my Read, Watch and Listen November post.

Terrible Turmoil – A Poem

At this sad time, as we approach Remembrance Day, there is a new fire burning in the world. This poem is about the terrible turmoil that is boiling up currently. It is my wish for peace and stability as soon as can be arranged.

Time to remember

The wars gone by.

To buy a poppy

Ask ‘Why did they all die?’

Time for reflection,

About the world we are in.

That we can stay caring,

So no wars can begin.

But sadly, as we’re hoping

Something tragic has unfurled.

An anger that is tearing

At the middle of our world.

Discomfort and despair

have reared their ugly heads

With people from two places

Removed from their beds.

While I wish

Our nations’ politicians

Would call for peace

And not supply munitions….

I can see

A growing trouble

We need to stop this

On the double.

Final Thoughts

I am a strong believer in dealing with things by talking about them. My poem reflects my wish for peace in the world. Thank you for reading my Terrible Turmoil poem. I would appreciate your thoughts.

For something different to read, perhaps take a look at my Creme Brûlée post.

Why Greener Spaces Matter

This month the Climate Change Collective are discussing the need for green space in urban areas and its increasing erosion. The lead post by Krista at A Sustainably Simple Life, talks about personal experiences of climate change. It suggests ways that urban areas can improve their impact on the environment.

Check out this brilliant, informative post for yourself:

Merging Towns

In my local area, it is clear that there is a demand to build more homes. A small estate that was built in 2005 has now blossomed into a massive development which is as big as a town. Previously green spaces have been replaced by roads, houses and retail outlets.

My childhood town used to have a gap between itself and neighbouring villages but now has extended across its green belt. Not only has it joined up to the next village but that village has now connected to the next town. Where I used to drive through pockets of countryside, I now just see houses all the way.

Is This The Way Forward?

We have to consider future planning for homes and the impact it has on the countryside. Towns are concrete jungles which absorb sunlight and increase run-off during storms. Flooding will become more of a problem as we build estates and remove woodlands and plants. Surely there are ways we can involve and integrate plants in our developments, by creating planted roofs, planting more trees and leaving lots of green space between streets.

Check out the interesting and relevant article by Krista and Alison and be sure to drop a comment. What are your thoughts on greener areas in towns and cities? Do you think there is more to be done to stop urban sprawl?

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