Well I decided a couple of months back that I needed to keep myself informed about current and future technology, as it all seems to be moving so fast and I don’t want to fetch up as one of those little old ladies with a mind stuck in the last century. It isn’t a subject that enthuses me particularly, but – like occasionally scanning the news headlines to see what the politicians are up to – I vaguely think I should keep at least a toe-hold in 2017.
So I subscribed to Peter Diamantis’ handy weekly summary of what’s new in the world of tech – flying self-driving cars, solar powered wonders and the like. (Here’s the link if you’d like to subscribe. It’s free.) This week, I read the following there:
In recent months, researchers at Google Brain, OpenAI, MIT, Berkeley, and Google’s DeepMind have all reported progress on creating a machine learning system that creates machine learning systems. At Google Brain, the team designed a piece of software to design a system to take a test used to benchmark how software is able to process language, surpassing all previous results from human-designed software.
Hmm. So should I be panicking here? Racing around saving the world from artificial intelligence the way Will Smith did in I Robot? That boss robot kind of had a point, didn’t she? Looked at in terms of pure, cold logic, isn’t the human race, er, somewhat flawed? How long before the machines notice that?
Actually, though, I’m not bothered by AI, nanotechnology or any of the other weird and amazing things I’ve been reading about. I’m not bothered because I believe – totally and absolutely – in the Akashic Field.
My theory goes a bit like this: No matter where we look in the cosmos, we find that things – stars, planets, plants, people, creatures and any stuff you can think of – are all made of the same basic components and behave in the same basic ways. That isn’t coincidence! It works that way because there is a basic, all-embracing blueprint that governs the way the cosmos works.
Despite our brilliance and technological wizardry and general amazingness as a species, we are hard-wired into the over-arching Akasha – the ‘Way It Works’ that governs all physical matter.
Certainly we invent new stuff that works better or more efficiently than old stuff. We’ve been doing that for quite a while now. (Yes, of course I think the old ‘primitive cave man’ idea is total rubbish, but that’s quite another subject.)
My point is that no matter what we develop, it’s made of the same basic matter – the self-aware consciousness of All That Is – and it is completely and irrevocably linked in to everything else that IS.
Obviously there will be choices made which do not benefit the world. Just think how the wheel – that most brilliant of inventions – was used as an instrument of torture in the middle ages, for example. All creations can be used for what we term ‘good’ or evil’. The tension between the two is exactly what we are here to explore: Can we make better choices? Can we use this or that invention to the benefit of the rest of the cosmos?
It’s great that the ethical questions are asked. That’s exactly as it should be. And of course there will be new inventions and new discoveries about the past and about places far away. And the more that is invented and discovered, the more it will be understood that – right at the nub of it all – it all springs from the same blueprint – the amazing, beautiful Akasha that forms everything.