Keep your eyes on the prize, I tell myself.
What is the prize?
Family? Longevity? My work?
Should it be obvious, I think, and wonder if it really is, only its buried under the cruft of this world or the detritus of my psyche.
I write about the future, dissect the present, but am not sure of my primary function. I always told myself by now I would be sure.
Young men want leaders.
I am no longer young.
I must discover my truth, my purpose, and my very best without guidance, except maybe for prayer. That might help.
Apple Inc received innumerable accolades last year — no, not for iPhone, not for Apple Watch, not for Mac, not for its profits, not for 30+ years of innovation, those are of less consequence to our thought leaders. Apple received innumerable accolades for bringing a very stylish, charismatic black woman — black and woman — on stage at its annual developers conference.
She has now left the company.
She is now employed at Uber.
Uber wants our thought leaders to view Uber as worthy of similar accolades. No doubt a man, white or not, gay or not, capable or not, would fail at this very specific task.
Thought leaders have priorities different from the rest of us.
I wish I knew what mine were.
You should not be surprised that this year Apple raised the stakes at its developer conference, bringing former First Lady Michelle Obama on stage.
Because she’s also black? Also a woman? Also both?
I’d like to believe race and gender are not important but those who say it shouldn’t be the loudest insist that it always is.
We can be good, decent, honorable, strong, fierce, giving in such a world, but having a purpose, a mission, a definable job may no longer be possible.
There is a 50 per cent chance that machines will outperform humans in all tasks within 45 years, according to a survey of more than 350 artificial intelligence researchers.
Not in crazy, not in love, hate, revenge, faith, hope, jealousy, not in changes to our appearance, not in how we broaden and contract our personality, contract and broaden.
The future of human is more human. More than ever.
We do what our machines cannot.
This is a truth though it reveals our world will become awash in still more untruth.
Apple revealed its 10-year plan for the future this week.
If you don’t remember that slide from the hours of presentations Apple execs made on stage during the company’s developer conference on Monday, you’re not alone.
This is garbage.
Microsoft has the HoloLens headset. Google has Project Tango for Android devices, and, one day, headgear like Google Glass. Facebook announced its AR ambitions a few months ago, and Mark Zuckerberg even said AR glasses will replace the need for most screens in your life one day.
Apple’s approach is different.
The entire post is a pose. Look at me! I grok the future! Cleverly! Look at Apple! Apple owns the future! Click! Click! Click! Share!
It’s hard to believe AI will ever be so cheap as to engage in such petty use of its writerly talents.
Humans will do this sort of stuff all of the time.
It doesn’t seem prize worthy.
But both humans and non will get the future wrong.
This is because there is always more than one right.
There are more than 40 million legal immigrants in the United States. The massive (legal) influx began in 1965 with the end of America’s national quota system. It is not a coincidence that 1965 was the end of the baby boom.
To pay for all that the boomers would soon gift themselves, backed by law, it required stripping massive chunks of wealth from all those that followed — or — stripping lesser chunks from all those that followed plus importing millions in both smart and cheap labor.
America is a nation of immigrants is a marketing slogan.
But Baby Boomers are now next in line to die.
The nation turns its lonely eyes against even more immigration. 40+ million here legally, about 16+ million illegally, and the country demands a pause.
But is this right?
Will you accept the answer the AI gives you?
Nor will I.
AI will soon predict when we will die, but being human is about dying, not being dead, and our AI will never be alive and we will do our best to keep it that way.
The prize? Be your most human.