For about a year and a half, I have done reading on developments in AI. A lot of people are for AI, but others have a dystopian view. I recently came across a new dystopian future as AI develops inspired by the film Wall-E.
In this future, we are not killed by evil robots. Instead, everything is automated and bots rule and keep things in order. The end result is that humans are complacent in a zombie-like state, unhealthy and disconnected.
This future is not too far fetched. Compared to other projections of AI, this one hits the mark much more closely. That is, it’s believable that something like this could happen and is already happening.
In the film Wall-E, we have intelligent bots: Wall-E himself is possibly the most intelligent because he appears to have emotions and wisdom.
It’s interesting to note in this dystopia, however, that while humans create technology to preserve themselves, it’s the bots–particularly Wall-E, who feels love–who save all of humankind from itself and saves the Earth.
So while this dystopian future may look like it’s anti-technology, it’s really not. Wall-E, a bot, saves humanity and the Earth,
What we will need to do, perhaps, as technology develops into AI, is strike a healthy balance between our uses of technology and our connection to one another, our connection to our planet and not allow our use of technology allow us to become to lazy, complacent, disconnected and zombie-like. No doubt, this balance will have to be chosen deliberately and implemented by us individually. For even though Wall-E is the hero of the film, saving us all, we cannot hope for such a kind creature to save us from ourselves.