Welcome to a haunted carnival of carnivals, rise of the machines edition!
As a mobile software developer, I always marvel at just how powerful these small devices have become, and how much they have woven themselves into our lives. I wonder how us Canadians and our American friends to the south are going to keep up in a competitive global landscape where Asia has more engineers than we do, as well as a better work ethic. The grass isn’t always greener, and Asia does have a problem with crony capitalism just like we do here in the West. We also still have the creativity… for now.
I also wonder how large portions of the population will cope when robots automate more and more of the landscape. Even my job as a software developer will eventually be replaced by a set of intelligent AIs.
Where do we go from there? I don’t really believe in a “rise of the machines” scenario; in fact, I’m more scared of the humans that may benefit disproportionately from such changes. On the other hand, imagine all of the cool possibilities: when you can have giant 3D printers, you can allow for an explosion of the long tail, as the fixed costs of production come down making large capital investments less necessary. I think we live in a very exciting time in world history!
What do you think?
On an unrelated note, it looks like it’s time to say farewell to Balance Junkie. Best of luck in your future adventures, Kim!
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