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In this segment on artificial intelligence (AI), part four, we’ll look at the augmented human being, part human, part machine. And don’t laugh. Computer or robotic-assisted devices are being used to augment the human condition right now. For but one example, see my previous story on exoskeleton technology.
Another slick piece of wearables allows legally blind people to read newspaper and magazines, or product labels in a grocery store, even the money they take out of their pocket to pay the cashier, using artificial visualization technology.
As neuroscientists unleash the mysteries and power of the human brain while, at the same time, AI researchers build programs that get smart and smarter, even to the point where they become autonomous learners, human anatomy and robotics, along with AI software, will converge into human/machine hybrids, some of which will have more human characteristics than others. In other words, if we live long enough, say twenty more years, we may actually meet Mr. Spock, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
Some of my academic friends who are working on this exciting future are not as enthusiastic as you would think. Many fear that the ethics will not keep pace with the technology, that we will create, arguably, a new species whose rights and freedoms will not comport with our justice system as it is today. Others are concerned about the economic value of people in an age where machines and computers will do almost all of the work. What are we going to do with 5 billion in surplus labor for which there will never be a job? Without income potential yet still constantly need to consume goods and services, how will the contribute to the betterment of our species and our world? There are no good answers for any of this yet. But there certainly are many grave concerns over them and many others.
But with all the ethical, economic and social concerns over AI, what most scientists are most anxious over is the notion of singularity. Singularity, as it pertains to AI, is the moment in the future whereby computers will become not only smarter than humans (and their programmers) but autonomous as well. If you haven’t guessed by now, they’re talking about the master/slave relationship between man and machine flipping. How this would exactly happen, nobody really knows. The anxiety of such a time is difficult to imagine. But it’s almost definitely only a few decades away. And while I may be naive, if a bunch of Mr. Spocks started running our world, it’s hard to imagine how that wouldn’t be an improvement.
By Diane Israel
The old adage is true. Where there’s water there’s life. But providing drinkable water in drought-stricken areas, along with rising global temperatures, human-generated pollution, and a worldwide population north of 7 billion, is straining water supplies and our ability to push it where it’s needed, and when it’s needed.
It’s estimated that by 2025, a full two-thirds of the world’s population will face regular drinking water shortages.
Israeli company Watergen may just have the solution for the entire world. And if recent deployments of its Water From Air solutions stand the test of time, we may well be on our way to solving the world’s water needs…forever!
In that past two years, Watergen has inked deals for its Water from Air systems in South Africa, India, Russia, and the United States, and is working with FEMA and the American Red Cross for disaster relief contingencies. It has also gained the attention of the United Nations for humanitarian aid.
Watergen’s Water from Air technology comprises three systems or products.
- Large Scale Water Generator:Requiring no infrastructure but electricity, the industrial scale Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) is literally a plug-and-drink solution, aimed for schools, hospitals, commercial/residential buildings, whole villages, factories and off-grid settlements, providing a robust and renewable source for fresh, clean drinking water. LS Generator can potentially service millions around the world, eliminating their need to “hunt” for water every day, providing water independence and social stability.
- GEN–350 (Medium Scale Atmospheric Water Generator).The GEN-350 is a medium scale, and highly mobile water generator aimed for fast and easy deployment in all weather conditions. Weighing 800kg, the GEN-350 can be easily mounted on a small truck or SUV, servicing water to remote, and otherwise difficult to access locations.
- GENNY (Small Scale Atmospheric Water Generator).GENNY provides a renewable source of clean and fresh drinking water for homes and offices. Requiring no infrastructure what so ever but electricity, it is literally a plug and drink solution, that can be installed in minutes anywhere, eliminating the daily dependency on bottled water. Employing state of the art, multi-stage, оzone based water purification and circulation system ensure water quality at premium levels, keeping them cool and fresh over time.
Watergen’s vision is to provide humanity with an abundant, renewable source of fresh, clean drinking water, by extracting it directly from the air, our most abundant water resource.