Published by Agnes on the 17th March 2023
Stay ahead in today's fast-evolving technological landscape. We talk about large language models and the perils of tech monopolies. By taking responsibility for co-creating a better world, we can tap into the solutions all around us.
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We live in tumultuous times and it is pretty clear that things are about to get a lot more… interesting.
The technological advances of the last 100 years have started to accelerate at increasing speed, leaving us little time to catch our breath or look at the new landscape(s) we are creating.
As the creators of a travel platform and humans living on this planet in 2023, we have started to notice a few topics that need urgent attention:
(1) Frankenstein's creature is coming: As many of us already know, Language Learning Models like ChatGPT are causing huge waves in the tech world and beyond. If a computer is already capable of talking to us like a real human, brainstorm ideas, write texts and even code, just imagine what it will be able to do in a few months or years…
(2) Pandora's box or holy grail?: We have already experienced the benefits and dangers of search engines like Google and large platforms like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify. Yes, the internet has made it possible for everyone who has access to a mobile phone to share and find information at lightning speed. A worldwide audience and knowledge base is just a finger's touch away. But we have also seen how addictive Instagram, TikTok and all the other apps we use can be. And although the democratization of technology has played its part in freeing us, we spend an increasing amount of time with our fingers and eyes tied to the screen. We are not tied by visible chains, but if you observe the posture of somebody typing on their laptop or holding their phone, you will notice how it - quite literally - keeps our hands together and our heads down.
Is it possible to live without screens in a digital world? In this article, we discuss why we need to rethink our relationship with screens and possible ways out.Less screen, more life
(3) The dangers of tech monopolies: The internet and many of the technological gadgets we use today were invented by a diverse bunch of freedom-loving nerds, pirate souls and revolutionaries. But we have also seen that the monopolization of the virtual space by big Tech-companies like Alphabet (formerly Google), Meta (formerly Facebook), Microsoft and others have turned it into a place that is meant to keep us hooked and consuming. But it would be too easy to paint these mega companies as “the bad guys”. If we want to use these tools (instead of these tools using us), we have to step up and take responsibility for co-creating these new (virtual) worlds. So, let's not leave it to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the others. We all have to step up to the challenge of keeping our (virtual) world as diverse (and free) as possible.
The age of the personal digital assistant is coming sooner than you think. As many technological advances have become so common that their previous inconceivability barely raises an eyebrow, it's important to take a step back and consider the impact it has on our lives. In this article, we explore the benefits and the drawbacks.Let's take back control
The wave humanity is riding on is carrying us into a new world beyond our wildest imagination. And while we may not be able to fully see or control where it is taking us, we have to work together to ensure it is not taking us into a technology controlled dystopia.
As a company working in the technological field and a group of individuals committed to the co-creation of a diverse world that allows freedom of movement to all, we believe that we need as many diverse people as possible to work towards a reality where humans and everything and everyone else on our planet can co-exist in a symbiotic way.
And while we do not have all the solutions (quite the opposite), we have come up with a pretty simple first step.
We need to get our hands, eyes and minds off the screen and out into the world.
Because the solutions we need and the richness we seek are - quite literally - right below, above and in front of us. We just got too distracted to notice.
We’re building an open-source, self-hosted personal digital assistant. In this article, we present our arguments for why this is a better alternative to digital assistants owned by big tech companies.Your data, your rules
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