The hidden consequences of living it digital.

Technology has developed rapidly in recent years and the increase in digital traffic resulting from global lock-downs may have unintentionally triggered mass uploads of personal information into the cyber-dome.   This could very well initiate machine learning of person that provokes human understanding for artificial intelligence.  

Sometime into the future we are likely to be surrounded by highly advanced humanoids that are mastered by a form of pre-programmed artificial intelligence.  Recent developments in robotics has seen sophisticated humanoids taking shape and form with the capacity of having free-form intellectual conversations.  Tech companies are in favour of improving robotic technology to aid in human existence to such an extent that there is vast competition in perfecting its creation and proverbial co-existence with humans.  However, there is always the caution at taking development too far and the consequential risk of not being able to control its advancement within the parameters of peaceful co-habitation.  To this end is the want for technological-human integration sufficient enough to wilfully support it without fully understanding an unintended consequence that may follow.  

Futuristic studies indicate that there is no stopping the advancement of artificial intelligence.  In years to come it will have the capacity to learn and develop intellect on its own accord as if it were a person.  This continued learning will lead to the creation of an artificial super intelligence that will have comprehension far beyond human capacity.  Although this will only be realised years into the future, 2020 could just be the year to accelerate machine learning.  Global lock-down has resulted in very little alternatives for the average Joe, but to become increasingly dependent on digital technologies, which is very likely to continue into the foreseeable future.  

As the global population continues to use online platforms for self expression the more human emotion, thinking and stimulus response is stored in cyber space.  In the future, this information will be accessible to artificial intelligence creating a learning platform to gain insight into human thinking and behavioural processing.  In a globally connected world, this is inevitable.  Just as consumerism has had an impact on the world we live in so too will the age of cyber dynamics.  

Cloud storage, cookies, and the need to freely share personal information over the internet is the cornerstone to the next phase in cyber advancement.  Personal is no longer personal and anyone who has ever traversed the internet willingly or not is now part of cyberspace.  Consider the information you have willingly surrendered for the purpose of commercial transactions or working for an employer, the information you have provided is stored on a network connected to the internet.  That information although protected by firewalls and information security systems is not failsafe and may be accessed by third parties including artificial intelligence.  Even with privacy protection laws in place, the internet is still a haven for information which can be accessed without informed consent.  Companies that store information are also protected from recourse by the data clauses you are required to agree to before uploading or storing your information.  In addition, these companies regularly update their privacy clauses and notifications of updates are received well after your information is already locked in cyberspace.  The thing to ponder then is to what extent should we be adding fuel to the fire by freely adding, photos, sentiments and feelings to the digital mix.  Every search, click, like or post is a collection of persona that leaves a digital footprint of who we are and how we experience the world.  

While it is near impossible to remain removed from the internet entirely, we are able to choose the information we freely surrender to cyber space.  Perhaps a caution to free-falling our existence to cyber technology is necessary sooner rather than later.  

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