Tim Berners-Lee said machines will soon rise to levels of permanence and intuitivism; knowledge will be out of our hands and stored all in one place. Currently, though seemingly different, the Internet is a young baby, shallow and scattered. Refining this tool to excellence will only stack more dependence upon our shoulders, or brains shall I say. What will happen to the value of learning and retaining knowledge when a computer can think and store for you?
“These computers are supposed to be there for us, not the other way around,” Berners-Lee said. At what point will we recognize and hold the importance of human beings cognitive abilities above that of a machine? Ancestral story telling seems almost ridiculous nowadays. Your computer tells the story that makes you cry/laugh. A computer cannot interpret what you want/ feel, and it cannot inflict pain or pleasures, yet. Imagine a world where eyes look directly at the electronic screen for all solutions; there is no conversation because there is nothing to talk about and eye contact, the mere thought of gazing into another fleshy soul could become a life changing experience.
So the question becomes, who’s enslaving who? While computers are doing all of the thinking, configuring and hard work, humans are sitting back relishing in a simple semi-satisfactory situation called loneliness. The point when which we give our minds to the machines will be both the end of personal intimacy but the start of extensive personalization.