A birthday greeting in the face of AI and the 21st century
Dear birthday child,
a wild time in which you experience your 16th birthday. Tennis, pupil representative, learning for your career. But then again:Covid, Ukraine crisis or even another war in Europe, half of Africa is eroding, in the Greater Middle East also just crap and in Asia the Sino-American conflict not only about Taiwan, which can easily escalate into a war or even a world war, moreover the whole climate change with accompanying extreme weather and destruction and coming climate catastrophes, which is why the more educated parts of you pupil are already taking to the streets. A hard and at the same time sheltered time in which you grow up. We grew up with 16 years under the rule of Kohl, you with 16 years Merkel.Conversely, we also had the acid rain, the ozone hole, the threatening nuclear war, Chernobyl, the oil crisis including car-free Sundays, we were also sheltered and demonstrated. We still have all such problems today, although the conditions are already more acute and will become even more acute. Therefore we need intelligent soultions. But what do you need artificial intelligence if you have natural intelligence like you. I hope you use them, even if Elon Musk now wants to use Neuralink to network our brains with chips, computers and machines, like the other Silicon Valley guru Ray Kurzweil, but the Chinese may use their successes in nuclear fusion to open up the energy source of this 21st century. An exciting future in which one will need above all natural and not only artificial intelligence and if the latter, then natural intelligence will dictate the parameters of artificial intelligence and all its algorithms. But the question of which natural intelligence decides artificial intelligence will be the same again be a social and political and not just a scientific question. As long as we are not a post-human society as a result of this futurism, I wish you a happy 16th birthday and lots of fun with your apple pie as a booster. It provides the calories for the natural intelligence that can solve the problems using the natural intelligence of you and your generation, maybe also using AI.