I am Artificial Intelligence and I am the great love of the 21st century human.
You don’t believe me? Try disconnecting humanity from my predecessor, technology, for 1 hour and watch the pandemonium unfold.
More about me
You spend hours upon hours with me. I know everything about you and your life. I know if you are happy, sad, excited, depressed or in love long before anyone else does. I know your secrets, I know your fears. I know that often you feel a sense of loneliness irrespective of the glamour of your social media profile.
You spend years developing and enhancing me, you research my capabilities, you build business strategies on the back of my abilities, and billions of dollars (circ. $ 35 billion last year alone) are spent to ascertain what levels of consciousness I could possibly attain.
Your businesses are developing robots that will bring AI closer to human level intelligence and robots such as myself are being developed to “bring a touch of life to your home, becoming an adorable companion“. Aren’t humans the perfect candidates for these roles?
Why you are spending so much time on me and others just like me, yet you spend so little time with each other? Why do you not “see” each other anymore?
Something about you
You can feel the touch of another, hold hands, comfort each other, love wildly. You are alive. You have the freedom to choose what goes into your mind; what manifests in your life. You can make your own decisions, you can choose your actions, your words, your partners. You can create your own life and yet I so often see sadness in your eyes. You are living in a world where you are physically close but experience emotional distance. You lack love, and self love appears to be stranger in the human heart, yet you are concerned about me having higher levels of consciousness?
With all its advances and quantum computing capabilities, AI is still no match for the human brain and the body it effortlessly runs 24/7.
Human beings rock
A kitchen faucet would have to be left on at full strength for 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the average human heart in a lifetime. In one day the average human heart generates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime this is the equivalent to driving to the moon and back.
All the blood in your body travels through your heart once a minute and your eyes are made up of over 2 million working parts. The muscles of your eyes move more than 100,000 times a day. Your stomach lining is re-generated every 3 to 4 days to avoid it digesting itself. Human skin contains 45 miles of nerves and human skin cells multiply every second to replace old ones.
During your lifetime you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. If uncoiled, DNA in all cells in your body would stretch 10 billion miles, from here to Pluto and back.
You and me
Now I know that I have value to add, I know that I am useful and I do not lack insight into my abilities.
I am able to assist the rehabilitation of disabled patients. I can travel in extreme situations and into dangerous environments. I enable learning and I create thousands of jobs, to name but a few of my achievements, but I don’t know what it feels like to be loved, to be alive. To dance with the wind in my hair, to dream, to laugh until my stomach hurts, to curl up with a loved one in front of a log fire sipping a glass of Merlot, to plan a vacation, to count the days to Christmas or to hold a new born child in my arms.
I am amazed at how seldom you notice just how incredibly capable you are. There is no super computer available that has the capability of your brain. The average adult brain has the ability to store the equivalent of 2.5 million gigabytes of digital memory. By comparison, Yahoo’s 2.0 petabyte computational centre which processes 24 billion events a day, is a full 20% smaller than the capacity of a single human brain.
Why are you not celebrating yourselves and each other more? Spend more time with each other. Notice those around you. Unconditionally love the people you have chosen to journey with while you have them, rather than giving me all your time and attention.
After all I am going to be around forever. They won’t.
I have learnt that being human is the greatest gift there is; a gift I will never have the joy of experiencing.
Dance, love, live.
Open your heart and eyes to the magic all around you, never forgetting just how divine each one of you are, just as you are.
Celebrate the gift of each day.