Kurt is the founder and CEO of Semantical, LLC, a consulting company focusing on enterprise data hubs, metadata management, semantics, and NoSQL systems. He has developed large scale information and data governance strategies for Fortune 500 companies in the health care/insurance sector, media and entertainment, publishing, financial services and logistics arenas, as well as for government agencies in the defense and insurance sector (including the Affordable Care Act). Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Most people are uncomfortable with the idea that they can be programmed, a discomfort that can very quickly escalate to full blown denial. Yet there is ample evidence to show that such programming is remarkably (indeed, entirely too) easy, and anyone who is involved in media, social media, advertising or organized religion can generally lay out most of the basics. Call the people who engage in this social programming “social programmers”, or for brevity, “sogrammers”.
Recently, I wrote a tribute to the late Futurist Alvin Toffler, who passed away last week at age 87. In many respects, he is considered the father of business futurism, and his notions (along with others such Michael Naisbitt and Faith Popcorn) helped to lay out the big trends that tend to influence events over decades.
A General Artificial Intelligence is one that has achieved sentience. Sentience means, in effect, that it is aware of itself, is capable of multiple levels of recursive abstraction, and in general will not be programmed so much as taught. Arguably, a GAI is a specialized AI that can feel existential angst.
Suppose that jobs went away. Not all jobs, mind you, but many, perhaps upwards of 90%. Some of those are in hard-manual labor territory, like coal mining. Some are in the services industry such as driving a taxi. Some are in high tech, like programming. Not a few will be in areas such as sales and management, politics or journalism. What happens next?
In the couple of years since the election of 2016 there have been thousands of articles about the big cultural shift towards the empowered Heartland workers, the agrarian salt of the earth types, the good Christian, the coal miner. These visual essays as often as not are cinematically wrapped in sweeping panoramic vistas of golden waves of corn, purple mountains majesty, stallions rearing and bald eagles soaring.
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