A World Too Complex

“The encroachment of technological complication through increased computerization has affected every aspect of our lives, from kitchen appliances to workout equipment. We are now living with the unintended consequences: a world we have created for ourselves that is too complicated for our humble human brains to handle.”

To give a perspective on how much our lives are in the control of technology, consider the following examples:

Computers handle stock trades much more efficiently than we ever could, intersections are controlled by machines, and computers can play the most complex games better than decades long world champions.

“It’s true that the so-called Millennium Bug passed without serious complications, but the startling fact was that we couldn’t be sure what would happen on 1 January 2000 because the systems involved were too complex.” Microsoft’s code has grown to over millions of lines long and is too complex for any one person to comprehend. When designing computer boards, evolutionary program took advantage of the “weird physical and electromagnetic phenomena that no engineer would ever think of using. In the word of the researches, ‘Evolution was able to exploit this physical behavior, even though it would be difficult to analyze.’

And finally, tonight at 11:00 pm, Google’s Deep Mind will capture its 3rd game in a row and win the series against one of the world’s best Go players. The victory in the game of Go is more significant than chess because, “there is significant strategy involved in the game, and the number of possible games is vast (10761 compared, for example, to the estimated 10120 possible in chess), displaying its complexity despite relatively simple rules. ” –Wikiepdia.  You can live stream the match @   https://www.youtube.com/DeepMindAI

Quotes are taken from the following source: https://aeon.co/essays/is-technology-making-the-world-indecipherable


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