David Byrne is a musician and a writer and lives in New York City. An extract from one of his articles appeared on the MIT Technology Review. The article talks about the ubiquitous presence of Artificial Intelligence embedded in the social interaction software and networks that we meddle with, day in and day out relentlessly. We take it so granted, that I was compelled to write about his unique perspective on the effects of AI (Artificial intelligence) on our social life. You can find the article here.
Here, in the following paragraphs, you will find my perspectives (my 5 cents to it) on ‘Can AI really drive happy accidents leading to social interaction’ riding on David Byrne’s arguments.
We are swayed by the AI networks for social interaction
We as humans are so preset with the current way of life using all kinds’ of smart devices for communication and interaction that we have often forgotten to realize what it means to have a real human-to-human interaction. In fact, would like to appreciate MIT Technology Review for giving such a clever title as “Eliminating the Human” in the article.
David argues that we are swayed by the artificial cues and matches thrown by AI (Artificial intelligence) that we have failed to recognize our natural instincts as social animals to trust our own intuition for social interaction and collaboration that consumes us.
There is a generalization, and the pattern is obvious. We are entering into a world, which increasingly does not favor human interaction. For example, if we go to the ever popular Amazon.com, the site acts and behaves like a machine and gives us recommendations on what to buy based on our past interests and even the review conversations are machine like.
Social networks are engineered predominantly by male software engineers
So are the other modern outlets like music stores, driver-less cars, online ordering and home delivery, speech recognition and personal assistants, big data and even popular social networks. Though social networks have the social interaction part, they are less real. They are the simulated version of our interactions. The entire interaction happens from a software engineer’s point of view. Partly because, the software engineering crowd is predominantly male and they do seem to share the feeling that human interaction is all noise and has less simplicity and efficiency.