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Your future world, and how you can prepare. Buda Public Library July 31, 2013 Jonathan Mugan. Technology is moving fast. Indeed. Your mom’s iPhone is more powerful than the NASA computers that sent the astronauts to the moon.

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your future world and how you can prepare

Your future world, and how you can prepare

Buda Public Library

July 31, 2013

Jonathan Mugan

  • Your mom’s iPhone is more powerful than the NASA computers that sent the astronauts to the moon.
  • Computers get faster every year, and they get faster by more every year, due to exponential growth.
more than faster more
More than faster, more
  • Once, computers could only produce numbers
  • Now, they see with video cameras and can understand the human voice to:
    • Recognize faces
    • Read your chicken-scratch handwriting
    • Ticket your parents for running a red light
    • Have a conversation
turing test when is a computer intelligent
Turing test: When is a computer intelligent?
  • When you can’t tell the difference between a human and a computer (via a text terminal), you know the computer is smart
  • Siri: the first mass-market voice interface
  • Chat bot (annoying)
  • Chat bots talk to each other (hilarious)
watson on jeopardy
Watson on Jeopardy!
  • Watson from IBM does better than humans at the game of Jeopardy!
  • Austin news coverage
  • More of Watson in action
  • Watson answers questions
    • Next application is health care
robocup build a robot soccer team by 2050 that can beat the human world cup champions
RoboCup: build a robot soccer team by 2050 that can beat the human World Cup champions
  • Kid Size championship, Mexico City
  • UT wins Standard Platform!
  • Watching robots play reminds me of coaching kindergarten soccer
walking robots walking is actually controlled falling
Walking robots: walking is actually controlled falling
  • BigDog: useful, disconcerting, walking robot
  • Asimo can run!
    • Running requires having both feet off the ground at some point in the gait
kiva warehouse robots
Kiva warehouse robots
  • Another step in the evolution towards an automated workforce
    • Getting goods off the shelf for packing is notoriously labor intensive
  • Kiva Company
  • History channel
  • What happens to society when no one works, and therefore no one has money to buy goods?
    • Robotic Nation,
we are now cyborgs
We are now cyborgs
  • Our smart phones contain everything that humans know
    • We no longer need to memorize anything
  • People don’t get lost anymore because navigation has been offloaded to the smart phone
  • Google Glass
    • Parody with ads:
cyber war
Cyber war
  • Our computer systems are so complex that no one knows everything about how they work
  • If the internet went down, food would not make it to grocery stores or restaurants
  • If they wanted to, foreign governments could shut down our electricity grid
    • America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare, Brenner, 2011.
robot war
Robot war,20316/

The Onion is not real but is often close enough.

self driving cars
Self-driving cars

Imagine how many jobs will be lost.

3d printing
3D Printing

Image Credit: Creative Tools/Flickr (featured, banner)

the singularity
The Singularity
  • Computers get smarter every year
    • They are quickly catching up to us
    • What happens when they pass us?
    • No one knows, it’s called The Singularity
  • Kurzweil guesses this will happen in 2045
    • When you are about my age
  • To me, The Singularity seems both impossible and inevitable
gimp is a free photo editing tool
GIMP is a free photo editing tool
  • People used to say that “pictures don’t lie”
    • Now we see pictures as just a bunch of dots called pixels, and they can be anything
  • Download GIMP
  • Many tutorials online
type light is a free font editor
Type light is a free font editor
  • You can create your own font and use it in homework assignments or on your web site
  • Download Type light
programming and incantations
Programming and incantations
  • Learning to program allows you to:
    • Use the power of computation, like a sorcerer uses spells
    • Understand what computing is and what it can do
  • When it comes to sorcery, it’s hard to beat Python
    • There are Python books here at this library
learning to code
Learning to code

You can use Khan Academy computer science

What it uses underneath is something called processing. See this cool video, the first part of which is about Processing

You can download processing directly here

This is a great tutorial on how to get Khan academy code to run in your browser

Also, Code Academy (but it is a little buggy)

api calls computers talking to computers
API calls: computers talking to computers

Call to Facebook tosearch for postsabout tacos.

Such calls can bemade directly inPython.

privacy and security
Privacy and security
  • Advertisers track you as you move around the web
  • Unfamiliar websites often have malware
    • Can drain your parents’ bank account,
    • So stay out of dark corners
  • Statements made on Facebook and such can still be visible years later to anyone
    • Remember that when you are angry
get out in the sunshine
Get out in the sunshine
  • Our brains are not designed to stare at a screen all day
  • We get smarter by:
    • Taking in new information
    • Mulling it over and making connections with other things we already know
  • If you are always tied to the web, you never make it to step 2
    • Your brain needs down time to process information