Assignment 1

Humans should be worried about the threat posed by Artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said. The Microsoft founder said he didn’t understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control. [http://www.bbc.com/news/31047780]

I have chosen for the topic of Artificial Intelligence because of that is definitely a near future issue. Next to this it is an interesting topic too look at because of both the advantages and disadvantages of AI. I think that the area AI is highly underestimated in importance. Especially with the advances in the military field (http://www.pcworld.com/article/2878192/militaryfunded-robots-can-learn-by-watching-youtube.html), which always has been a frontrunner in research, AI get morally difficult. The idea of robots ruling over humans is disrupting. Next to this I have watched the film ‘Her’, to give me a bit different view on Artificial Intelligence. Though I am not definitely not thinking that the AI in the film is compelling, it is a different view than the usually dystopia scenario. For the people interested;  the books by Michael Crichton are a nice example of the possible (dystopia) futures of humanities (a couple of them are about AI).

It is Monday morning, 8:15 PM and Kate gets her usual coffee before going to work. Yet this morning is different from all the others. She has been to this same Starbucks almost every day for the past three years and nothing has changed till today. Today was the first day that the people who were brewing her usual Latte Macchiato did not ask for a name, instead the handsome young man said “Hi, Kate. Your usual Latte Macchiato?.” She was surprised, not only did he remember her name, he also remember what she drink she usually got.

It is Tuesday morning, 8:17 PM and Kate gets her usual coffee before going to work. Yet this morning is different from all the others. She has been to this Starbucks almost every day for this past three years. “Hi Kate. Your Latte Macchiato is ready, how are you?” It is the handsome young man from yesterday again. It is not the usual machinelike treatment she is used to. “I am fine, Thanks! How are you?” “I am fine as well, see you tomorrow!”

It is Wednesday morning, 8:13 PM and Kate gets her usual coffee before going to work. Yet this morning is different from all the others. She has been to this Starbucks almost every day for this past three years. She was hoping that guy from the last two days was working again, she though he was nice. “Hey Kate, it you again! How was dinner with your parents?.” That was strange, how did he know? She did not tell him did she? “Here is your drink, I put some cinnamon in it. You like the kind of girl who loves cinnamon.” “How do you know that I visited my parents and that I like cinnamon?” The answer was short and simple “Facebook.” That was kind of creepy, but somehow also a bit flattering.

It is Thursday morning, 8:15 PM and Kate gets her usual coffee before going to work. Yet this morning is different from all the others. She has been to this Starbucks almost every day for this past three years. She was a bit scared, the guy working there was really handsome but also somewhat creepy. She wondered what he was up to today, going further one step every time they met. “Hi Kate! A saw on your Facebook you have a boyfriend. I honestly think that you can do far better than that loser.” That was the first day that Kate left without her coffee.

It is Friday morning, 8:15 PM and Kate gets her usual coffee before going to work. Yet this morning is different from all the others. Today is the first day in almost three years that is going to a different Starbucks before work. She did not want to see that creep ever again, so Kate decided to get her coffee a block further. “Hi Kate, a different Starbucks place today?” How did this guy know? “We are all connected to the same cloud, when you last week signed up for a customer pass you allowed us to use social media and Artificial Intelligence to increase our services.”  “You cannot look into every customer that quickly, that is not human…”

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