The Point Of Technological Singularity !!

By Anoop Madhusudanan

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What all decisions you made today were influenced by some kind of algorithms?

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When you asked google maps to show you the shortest driving route? Or when you asked Siri to show you the hotel for your break fast? Or when you checked Flip board or Twitter to find the recent stories to satisfy your intellectual appetite? Or when you found your date based on those recommendations and profile matching?
Wait, how exactly you found this article and why you are reading it now?
Today, most of our decisions are made with the help of apps. Or in other words, these apps and the related algorithms, may be some where in the cloud wired to them, influence us in almost all our decisions, modifying or seriously impacting our behaviour. They influence our thoughts and decisions by making suggestions, deciding what information we see or don't see - even deciding whom should we follow or date. And every day, a lot of people including me spend most of their time enriching these algorithms, and building new apps using them, to help (influence) all of us, based on social data, past behaviour and what not.
All Hail Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. And those recommendations and ads springing up from every where persuading you . And the algorithms behind all of them.
So, you could theoretically argue that, we are at a point in history where a connected human being's nature is seriously influenced and/or modified by the complex nexus of apps and algorithms.
Now From Wikipedia : Technological Singularity
The technological singularity, or simply the singularity, is a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilisation, and perhaps human nature
This post is not to alert that SkyNet will take over tomorrow. Also, the intention is not to state that it is either "good' or 'bad', which are two mediocre relative terms.
You still have the choice to shut off, but the persuasion to do things easy by delegating it to an app wins almost all the time. And I think that is fine - as long as we carefully exercise our free will to make the final decision.
Or we already started trusting apps more than our own intelligence?
What do you think?

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