Happy New Year 2024. Are We Seeing the Beginning of New Forms of Life?


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2023 saw the commercialization of AI (Artificial Intelligence). It has already changed the way some people work and has cost some people their jobs. For medical diagnostics, legal research, writing code and spewing propaganda, AI has already proven itself invaluable. 2024 will see an acceleration of this trend. Discerning what is real, what is written by a human or a bot, will become ever harder.*

Machines that think for themselves, make autonomous decisions and even have feelings are already among us. They will become ever more lifelike. But they remain within the realm of our current human experience. What of the new forms of life that will emerge in the amorphous Internet cloud?

As inventors it's fun to think about the future. But don't get carried too far away. The stomach needs food today. The best way to profit from inventing is to be just one step ahead.

So, looking just a little ahead, as 2024 begins, I wish all of you happiness, health and prosperity for the coming year. And as you travel by car, boat, bike, scooter, plane or across the Internet or in your own mind, remember the immortal words of Buckaroo Banzai: "No matter where you go, there you are."

Happy New Year 2024!

*This post was written by a human.

- Mike

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