Technological advancements

Use this forum to discuss August 2018 book of the month "World, Incorporated" by Tom Gariffo.
Post Reply
User avatar
Bianka Walter
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1180
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 15:22
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 125
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea
Currently Reading: In a Cottage In a Wood
Bookshelf Size: 327
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bianka-walter.html
Latest Review: The Face of Fear by R. J. Torbert
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Technological advancements

Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Aug 2018, 07:34

This book is set 40 years into the future. There are various technological advancements including one of the main characters, Franklin, who is an onboard computer. He is capable of intelligent conversation, decision making, and driving agent Sliver's airship. I'm not sure if this type of advancement is achievable within the next 40 years. Based on the other technologies in the book, which ones do you think are possible in the foreseeable future?
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
- Dr. Seuss

User avatar
JHuschle519
Posts: 184
Joined: 18 Jul 2018, 01:20
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 57
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jhuschle519.html
Latest Review: End of the Last Great Kingdom by Victor Rose

Post by JHuschle519 » 01 Aug 2018, 08:56

Well, I think the first on ewe would see would be the watch that Agent Sliver uses to access all of his mission data. It's obviously far more advanced than today's smartwatches, but not by that much.

The other technology in this book that I see as possibly in the near future, although I hope to God it never comes to be, is the personalized advertisements throughout the cities. We already have facial recognition, and databases full of our consumer information, so it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to make this type of technology happen.

User avatar
Eryn Bradshaw
Posts: 228
Joined: 27 Mar 2018, 19:04
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 66
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-eryn-bradshaw.html
Latest Review: The Witchstone by Victoria Randall

Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 01 Aug 2018, 12:40

I disagree, I think this technology is right around the corner. Just take a look at Sophia the Robot, granted she is scripted and programmed, but the aim is to get to the point where AI to be more self-thinking. But I think it's important for these people who are developing AI to stay morally good. At this point though, it's a race to see who can come up with actual AI.
“Live, and be happy, and make others so.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

User avatar
Abigail R
Posts: 278
Joined: 17 Jul 2018, 19:46
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 108
Currently Reading: The Problem of Pain
Bookshelf Size: 67
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-abigail-r.html
Latest Review: My Prism Window by P. A. Schweizer

Post by Abigail R » 01 Aug 2018, 12:45

Franklin is an interesting and slightly plausible technology. We have so many technologies that we talk with daily that talk back so it wouldn't be too much of a surprise. It would maybe not be as intelligent and responsive as Franklin.

User avatar
sanjus
Posts: 587
Joined: 08 May 2018, 12:47
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 56
Currently Reading: It's Easier to Dance
Bookshelf Size: 248
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sanjus.html
Latest Review: Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley
Reading Device: B00I15SB16

Post by sanjus » 01 Aug 2018, 12:54

Franklin is a imaginary character and it is very difficult to get such on board computer even in future because complexities will multiply as technology advances. It is only good if robots stay as slaves because if they are to become masters entire purpose of making them is defeated.
life is only knowing the unknown, we can do this by reading books easily

User avatar
Bianka Walter
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1180
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 15:22
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 125
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea
Currently Reading: In a Cottage In a Wood
Bookshelf Size: 327
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bianka-walter.html
Latest Review: The Face of Fear by R. J. Torbert
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Aug 2018, 12:57

JHuschle519 wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 08:56
Well, I think the first on ewe would see would be the watch that Agent Sliver uses to access all of his mission data. It's obviously far more advanced than today's smartwatches, but not by that much.

The other technology in this book that I see as possibly in the near future, although I hope to God it never comes to be, is the personalized advertisements throughout the cities. We already have facial recognition, and databases full of our consumer information, so it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to make this type of technology happen.
Absolutely. When I was reading, I actually thought about how the internet tracks your movements and shows you adverts according to what you have been surfing. I suppose this is the same premise.
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
- Dr. Seuss

User avatar
Bianka Walter
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1180
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 15:22
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 125
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea
Currently Reading: In a Cottage In a Wood
Bookshelf Size: 327
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bianka-walter.html
Latest Review: The Face of Fear by R. J. Torbert
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Aug 2018, 12:59

Eryn Bradshaw wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:40
I disagree, I think this technology is right around the corner. Just take a look at Sophia the Robot, granted she is scripted and programmed, but the aim is to get to the point where AI to be more self-thinking. But I think it's important for these people who are developing AI to stay morally good. At this point though, it's a race to see who can come up with actual AI.
So, yes. If you compare where we were 40 years ago, ANYTHING is possible. We didn't even have internet then. I mean, how did we function?? I agree with the technology being close... but I wonder how close to actually having working, intelligent prototypes.
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
- Dr. Seuss

User avatar
Eryn Bradshaw
Posts: 228
Joined: 27 Mar 2018, 19:04
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 66
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-eryn-bradshaw.html
Latest Review: The Witchstone by Victoria Randall

Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 01 Aug 2018, 13:03

Bianka Walter wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:59
Eryn Bradshaw wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:40
I disagree, I think this technology is right around the corner. Just take a look at Sophia the Robot, granted she is scripted and programmed, but the aim is to get to the point where AI to be more self-thinking. But I think it's important for these people who are developing AI to stay morally good. At this point though, it's a race to see who can come up with actual AI.
So, yes. If you compare where we were 40 years ago, ANYTHING is possible. We didn't even have internet then. I mean, how did we function?? I agree with the technology being close... but I wonder how close to actually having working, intelligent prototypes.
It's definitely hard to say how close anyone is without anyone actually coming out and saying "We've done this thing!" Personally, I think the ball for technology just keeps rolling faster and faster. Just looking at how much it's progressed in the last 20, 10, or even 5 years is insane to think about. It's an interesting topic to think about and debate about though.
“Live, and be happy, and make others so.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

User avatar
Bukari
Posts: 381
Joined: 04 Feb 2018, 15:59
2018 Reading Goal: 200
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 25
Currently Reading: Everything Solid Has a Shadow
Bookshelf Size: 59
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bukari.html
Latest Review: Murder in Memory by Mike Thorne

Post by Bukari » 01 Aug 2018, 13:32

Definitely, I do know that many new exploits are yet to be carried out by scientists. But I doubt the existence of ships transporting by air, may be the form or shape would also be modified.
Yes, I have a dream! A dream that I will never give up.

User avatar
Bianka Walter
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1180
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 15:22
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 125
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea
Currently Reading: In a Cottage In a Wood
Bookshelf Size: 327
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bianka-walter.html
Latest Review: The Face of Fear by R. J. Torbert
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Aug 2018, 14:08

Eryn Bradshaw wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 13:03
Bianka Walter wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:59
Eryn Bradshaw wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:40
I disagree, I think this technology is right around the corner. Just take a look at Sophia the Robot, granted she is scripted and programmed, but the aim is to get to the point where AI to be more self-thinking. But I think it's important for these people who are developing AI to stay morally good. At this point though, it's a race to see who can come up with actual AI.
So, yes. If you compare where we were 40 years ago, ANYTHING is possible. We didn't even have internet then. I mean, how did we function?? I agree with the technology being close... but I wonder how close to actually having working, intelligent prototypes.
It's definitely hard to say how close anyone is without anyone actually coming out and saying "We've done this thing!" Personally, I think the ball for technology just keeps rolling faster and faster. Just looking at how much it's progressed in the last 20, 10, or even 5 years is insane to think about. It's an interesting topic to think about and debate about though.
I would love to see into the future. And you're so right, we actually know zip about what's really happening with regards to the real technological 'eurekas' of the world. I'll meet you back here in 10 years :wink:
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
- Dr. Seuss

User avatar
JuliaKay
Posts: 497
Joined: 19 Oct 2017, 03:26
2018 Reading Goal: 60
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 61
Currently Reading: The Black Witch
Bookshelf Size: 54
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-juliakay.html
Latest Review: The Darkness at Decker Lake by Martin H. Zuckerman

Post by JuliaKay » 01 Aug 2018, 14:21

I think forty years a long time, and that this type of advancement actually is possible. AI has been something that they've been working on for years, and I don't know that the general public fully understands where they are in the process.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

User avatar
Eryn Bradshaw
Posts: 228
Joined: 27 Mar 2018, 19:04
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 66
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-eryn-bradshaw.html
Latest Review: The Witchstone by Victoria Randall

Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 01 Aug 2018, 14:28

Bianka Walter wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 14:08
Eryn Bradshaw wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 13:03
Bianka Walter wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:59


So, yes. If you compare where we were 40 years ago, ANYTHING is possible. We didn't even have internet then. I mean, how did we function?? I agree with the technology being close... but I wonder how close to actually having working, intelligent prototypes.
It's definitely hard to say how close anyone is without anyone actually coming out and saying "We've done this thing!" Personally, I think the ball for technology just keeps rolling faster and faster. Just looking at how much it's progressed in the last 20, 10, or even 5 years is insane to think about. It's an interesting topic to think about and debate about though.
I would love to see into the future. And you're so right, we actually know zip about what's really happening with regards to the real technological 'eurekas' of the world. I'll meet you back here in 10 years :wink:
Sounds good! Time to go to my sleep pod! :lol2:
“Live, and be happy, and make others so.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

User avatar
Bianka Walter
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1180
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 15:22
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 125
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea
Currently Reading: In a Cottage In a Wood
Bookshelf Size: 327
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bianka-walter.html
Latest Review: The Face of Fear by R. J. Torbert
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Aug 2018, 14:35

JuliaKay wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 14:21
I think forty years a long time, and that this type of advancement actually is possible. AI has been something that they've been working on for years, and I don't know that the general public fully understands where they are in the process.
That's exactly what Eryn was saying. And I totally agree. I think that us 'normal' people down here on the ground would probably be quite shocked to learn where humankind is in terms of advanced tech.
Forty years is a LONG time for advancement. Where were we in 1978 with our boom boxes and cord phones (with that clicking circle that you had to wait till it got back to zero before you could dial the next number).
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
- Dr. Seuss

User avatar
Julie Green
Posts: 563
Joined: 31 May 2018, 17:36
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 72
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 44
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-julie-green.html
Latest Review: Friends by Gary Hope

Post by Julie Green » 01 Aug 2018, 16:32

I am absolutely sure some of the technologies referred to in the book will be with us within our lifetimes. Some already are - retinal identification, for example, now almost feels like an old technology!
Latest Review: Friends by Gary Hope

MishM1
Posts: 29
Joined: 07 Jul 2018, 11:55
Favorite Book: Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat
Currently Reading: Five Knocks
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mishm1.html
Latest Review: Pastoring is not what you think by Elijah Oladimeji

Post by MishM1 » 01 Aug 2018, 16:58

I genuinely think that self-thinking Artificial Intelligence is achievable within the very near future. It's a scary thought but it doesn't seem so far off from what we have now.
Mishael M.

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "World, Incorporated" by Tom Gariffo”