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How Will Artificial Intelligence Change Our Lives?

Artificial Intelligence certainly has the potential to make our lives easier but what jobs will be left for us puny humans once the robots are capable of performing at-or -our own abilities?

More on Artificial Intelligence
Why Artificial Intelligence Sucks Right Now
How Can You Tell If a Machine is Thinking?

More on Artificial Intelligence
Why Artificial Intelligence Sucks Right Now
How Can You Tell If a Machine is Thinking?

In this episode, Trace tries to imagine what an AI-powered future might look like. One outcome that a lot of futurists predict is "the singularity": the merging of man and machine. In 1990, noted futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that this was the inevitable conclusion of where technology will lead us. Kurzweil reminds us that the computer powering his cellphone is literally several billion times more powerful and 100,000 times smaller than the computers he used 25 years ago. He asks: what will computers look like in 25 years? He imagines they will be a billion times more powerful, and shrunk down to the size of a blood cell.

As computers get smarter and better at reasoning, one of the biggest concerns people have is that they will take away our jobs. The fact is, robots have been taking our jobs for years. In 1812, a man named Ned Ludd was afraid that weaving looms were going to makes weaver's jobs obsolete; he and fellow "luddites" smashed looms out of protest and fear. Today, the word "luddite" still means a person opposed to new technology. In the late twentieth century, advances in robotics resulted in machines filling a number of manufacturing jobs on automobile assembly lines. Will self-driving cars make a taxi drivers and truck driver's jobs obsolete? Will these advances make all our jobs obsolete, or will they make our lives easier and our workdays shorter?

TestTube Plus is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez delves deeper to deliver details, developments and discourse on advanced topics like AI, string theory, and Mars exploration. Check out part one of the AI series here: How to Tell If a Machine Is Thinking?, and part two here: Why Artificial Intelligence Sucks Right Now.

Learn More:
How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain (Wired)
"Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year."

What the Luddites Really Fought Against (Smithsonian Magazine)
"In an essay in 1984-at the dawn of the personal computer era-the novelist Thomas Pynchon wondered if it was 'O.K. to be a Luddite,' meaning someone who opposes technological progress."