AI and the Transformation of the Human Spirit – David Hanley

How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the World
David Hanley, Computer Scientist / Programmer
AI is a technology that is transforming every walk of life. What are the inner workings of AI, and why don’t we know exactly how it is teaching itself, accelerating beyond our ability to keep up? How to view AI against the full capacity of Nature’s evolutionary design for Life, and human intelligence? Who wrote the algorithms that allowed AI’s recent acceleration, and what’s next? Will AI be writing its own programs, that we cannot fathom? How has AI become the new chess master, with more ‘elegant’ wins? What applications for AI will prove beneficial or detrimental to society? How can we apply it, safely and happily, to our daily tasks and long range goals? What sweeping, cultural changes lie ahead?
All technologies have positive and negative consequences, but with AI, the range of these consequences is extraordinarily large: the technology has immense potential for good. Still, it comes with significant risks as well.