See the 5 TEDs to expand on the future of IT
More than just updating tools and working ways, the evolution of technology transforms the way people interact and directly affect their expectations. In this selection of five lectures given in TED, big names bring important provocations and concepts about the Future of IT to be considered in any sphere of human life.
1. Do not fear intelligent machines. Work with them
To get the most out of technology, we must face our fears. According to Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players in history – who missed a memorable match for IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer in 1997 – we must overcome those fears to get the better of mankind. In TED, Kasparov shares his vision of a future in which machines help us to make our dreams come true.
2. How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI
Artificial Intelligence researchers believe robots will outperform humans in all tasks and jobs over the next few decades, with a future restricted to the laws of physics and not our intelligence. In this talk, MIT physicist and scientist Max Tegmark talks about real threats and concrete steps we must take to make contact with AI the best possible.
3. The rapid growth of the Chinese internet and where it’s headed
In steady growth, the Chinese Internet already has more users than the combined populations of the US, UK, Russia, Germany, France and Canada. Even with imperfections, the lives of the Chinese were high because of this, according to Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post. In the lecture, Liu talks about the development of the Chinese technology industry and cites the use of AI in train travel in the country.
4. The mission to create a searchable database of earth’s surface
Planet’s Will Marshall uses the world’s largest fleet of satellites to capture images of the earth every day. However, the novelty is the use of artificial intelligence to index objects of the planet over time. Basically, it would be possible to search ships, trees, houses and other things like when you search for information on Google. In TED, Marshall shares the insight into how this database works and how it can become a living record of physical changes on the planet. According to him, the idea is “to give the tool to people and to act”.
5. How we need to remake the internet
At the beginning of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped create a vision of the internet as a common public good, where humanity could share knowledge. However, we have created personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. In this lecture, Lanier talks about a “tragic mistake” of digital culture and how we can undo it.