Few weeks ago, I had a nice conversation with a friend about ranges of topic on life and spirituality, until we arrived on the issue about how some group of people feel terrified and threatened by the development of artificial intelligence. She’s not someone with STEM (i.e. science, technology, engineering, mathematics) background but we laughed together as a response to their reaction on artificial intelligence. 

Behind the creation of artificial intelligence is human (of course, I believe, with some whispers from ETs), therefore it’s always neutral. What engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, mathematicians, statisticians do with artificial intelligent is actually creating algorithms to “train” certain machine so that this machine can somehow think and react like humans. In July, I even participated in an event “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Estimating Poverty” hosted by the organization that I previously worked with. You see that in this context, artificial intelligence were used for good, to propose alternative methods in predicting poverty without conducting large survey or census that would cost a lot. We, human, are the ones who decide whether to harness artificial intelligence or other technologies for good or harm.  

If people feel threatened because they would likely to lose their jobs because of artificial intelligence, don’t you think that we’re the ones who should evaluate ourselves? What does it mean when our jobs can be replaced easily by machines or robots? It means that our jobs are not the things that supposed to be done by human. Maybe we’re indeed too precious to do such jobs. Robots and machines can do many things as we do, but not everything. They don’t have heart and intuition and connection to the Higher Power to inspire, to create soulful things.

The development of artificial intelligence should be balanced by humans claiming back their power and gift, as a race who’s destined to blend physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life. Robots and machines won’t be able to take over your jobs if we harness all of those three gifts we’ve been given. Scientists and engineers, I believe, develop technologies to make human’s life easier and focus on things that matter. So, let’s evaluate ourselves — oh, this is my homework too!

Here is a joke. Actually it’s not artificial intelligence that we should be afraid of. It’s artificial human 😉 

Inspired by Nature

What I’ve learned for years is that all knowledge we think we have is not ours. Our business ideas, our research topics, our theories, our poems, our writings, our paintings, our speeches, our teachings are not ours. They all come from the Higher Consciousness, from the Universe, from the Source, from God. When we’re able to connect to this consciousness, we become the vessels that the supreme knowledge flows through us, ready to be manifested in many different forms.

This includes science and technology discoveries and inventions. As poets, philosophers, mystics, musicians, artists, the “real” scientists and engineers won’t be able to invent advanced technologies without downloading wisdom from above. As someone who apply nature-inspired algorithms for research purposes, I’d like to dedicate also this post to scientists and engineers who develop these algorithms. The following algorithms are usually applied for optimisation and search problems. 

  • Genetic algorithm was firstly developed by John Holland, a computer scientist, in 1975, inspired by Charles Darwin’s theory of natural evolution.
  • Ant colony algorithm is an algorithm that is based on the behavior of ants searching for food, initially proposed by Marco Dorigo in 1992.
  • Particle swarm optimisation, developed by Eberhart and Kennedy in 1995, is inspired by social behavior of bird flocking or fish schooling.
  • Bee colony algorithm is an algorithm based on the intelligent foraging behaviour of honey bee swarm, proposed by Karaboga in 2005.

There are still more alike nature-inspired algorithms that have been developed and used in the field of operations research, engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics. I was firstly introduced to these algorithms by my Bachelor’s thesis supervisor back in 2011, my entry was genetic algorithm. I feel so fascinated by how these scientists and engineers paying attention to what’s happened in nature then bring those experiences to the programming languages.

I’m in love, and hopefully I can keep falling in love with those algorithms for years to come!

Remembering the truth

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” — Carl Sagan

In tarot, The Star reminds me of home, our origin. There resides our galactic ancestors and cosmic families who always watch and guide as from afar. It reminds me that we’re part of a cosmic orchestration, that we’re cosmic citizens. The Star represents hope and inspiration. Since the old times, our human ancestors use stars as their navigators when they were at sea, their references for weather and season change. The Star is a confirmation that there’s a light guiding us from above.