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The Opposite Of Artificial Intelligence Could Be The Key To Saving Tech Jobs


How will Openwater’s technology prevent AI from taking over existing jobs? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

The trope, of course, is that AI and Robots are coming for our jobs. Automation will take over, so the monologue goes, and there will be nothing for us to do anymore.

But this discussion has been ongoing since the term AI was coined in the late 1950s. The response by some was to invert the discussion and the term itself and to create a world opposite to AI. It’s founders called it IA: Intelligence Amplification or Intelligence Augmentation.

Instead of losing our jobs to robots and AIs, we can use computers and technology advances to make ourselves better, smarter, and more creative. Openwater continues this quest.

Our brains are more complex than any computer we know how to make, our brains are also far more creative. One major problem is output bandwidth. We are constrained by the low bandwidth of mechanical systems: the slow pace with which we move our throat and jaw muscles to talk, or our fingers to type, or draw, or write. What if we could dump the images we were thinking of, the ideas, the music in our head, the raw emotions directly the computer or directly to each other?

Today, given the tools we now have, it can take hours or days to create an image that describes a thought. As you look up and look around wherever you are right now – and look at the objects in that room or the buildings or gardens around you – each one took years of many peoples lives to create and refine and ship. What if you could simply think of a new object, and the computers, the robots and 3D printers could prototype it instantly – and then melt it down to enable iteration. Imagine this scaling to the creation of a new song, or a rough cut for a new movie, or an new idea for space travel or new insight into how to clean up the environment, or transform healthcare or education? We can be freed up to work on the big problems of the world and to unleash creativity. Humanity has been through many automation transitions over the centuries and we have always found new paths to blaze.

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