Every day is a different day and its more advanced than yesterday..in every parts of it, especially regarding technology progress.....it always improves. Quoting Elon Musk though:
Technology doesn't automatically improve, it only improves if a lot of people work very hard to make it better. And actually it will by itself degrade... - Elon Musk
I agree with him and I slightly discussed this topic in my previous article. You work - you improve. Works with technology, works with people, works with everything.
Ah yea, automation. According to wikipedia, automation - is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications and vehicles with minimal or reduced human intervention, with some processes have been completely automated. TLDR: make some process, usually repeatable process, work by itself without complete or partial human intervention. That being said, its a kinda cool thing. Why not to make some preocess automated, so that you don't need to do it yourself again and again and better spend that time doing something more important. That would be point #1: automate something, so that you don't waste time repeating same process again and again. For the point #2: I would add user errors. When you repeatadly do something the chance that you f*** up screw up, because you forgot something or did something wrong is very high. Even in a normal, not repeatable process, chances for user errors are very high. We're all humans and its normal to make unintentional mistakes. Point #3: automated process will be faster than the human, well unless you design it to be slower on purpose. Thats basically the main 3 reasons in my opinion why we all want it and need it...but do we actually want it?
Some of you might be worried about the AI taking all over the humanity in the future, some of you saying that we need more AI, so that our life improves. Both of these statements are valid and have points and as I know there is no way to predict what will actually happen in the future if we go one or the other way (if you know the way - dm me please :) ). So what would actually happen in the future? We don't know..however, we can look at ourselves and see how we behave, how we treat each other: person to person, group to group, country to country, people to animals even. You know what I mean... our world is quite a dangerouse place. I also like how we afraid of Aliens that will come and treat us as food, because they will be so advanced compared to us, and we will be like: "We are not food, we're actually quite smart human beings.". If you compare this statement to what is going on between us right now.. this is the same thing happening: how advanced countries sometimes treat third world countries, how rich people treat poor people, how people in general treat animals.. its all over the place. That being said, I personally think that in order to make AI and all sort of automated processes in the future more safe for ourselves, we first need to make ourselves safe to ourselves. That was quite a philosophical paragpraph, eh?!
So today, we still keep most of the automated processes pretty simple and they help us a lot. I'm an engineer and I create software that help us do different things more efficient, faster, easier, with a push of a single button. Why would you repeat the same task every time manually if you can automate it and software will do it for ya. There are a lot of tools out there that can help you create those things, like Ansible for example. Or even small little libraries like Click that allow you create CLI programs for whatever task you want to automate. I'm pretty excited about it, expecially when it works. :) I really hope that humanity will stay sane and all the future is bright for us.
Don't forget that there is an Apple conference tomorrow (Sep 12th, 2017), which will happen at the Steve Jobs Theater for the first time.(cause they just built it). I'm pretty sure there will be free stream at Apple website if you use Safari, they do it every year. I'm not sure if I excited about the conference or not, but I want to see some really extra-ordinary updates/releases..they need to bring that hype of being an innovative company back.
Resources and good to read things:
- Machine Learning Fundamentals: Predicting Airbnb Prices
- Github's Conference - GithubUniverse on October 10 - 12 in SF. 15% discount - COMMUNITYU1715
- The Incredible Growth of Python. Oh yeah!
- Higher-Level APIs in TensorFlow
- $1 book :) 99 Minute Millionaire: The Simplest and Easiest Book Ever On Getting Started Investing And Becoming Financially Independent.
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