Intelligence on Tap:
It’s an interesting concept to basically give a machine a brain of its own. How far we have come with technological advances is truly astonishing. However, things that are cool, for the lack of a better word, aren’t always good for us. You can teach a machine to track your habits and help you with everyday tasks, but a machine isn’t human. It cant account for you being spontaneous or just having a change of heart. And if we have machines becoming an even larger part of our lives and replacing living companions, how will that affect us socially? Will it keep people from forming normal relationships? Or will it give someone who is lonely something to be happy about?
Challenges for Working with Machine Learning as a Design Material:
I think using machine learning should continue to have as much human touch as possible. There are certain things that machines can achieve that humans can not and vice versa. While machines understand numbers, man can empathize. Within this world, we have already been given everything we need to have a beautiful and efficient system, yet we keep seeking alternatives. There is always room to improve, but I worry that we will get to a point where we have pawned off all life’s trials and tribulations to a machine and no longer have the knowledge to do things for our selves. It would be similar to societies who have forgotten their traditions and no longer poses the ability to make things half as spectacular as their ancestors once did using their bare hands and little to no tools.