Will.i.Am’s Personal Intelligence

Description: An article I wrote for my mass media and society class. The assignment intended for us to write about podcasts we listened to each week about trends in media.

Date: June 2018

In the podcast Super Soul Conversation’s on June 3rd 2018 Oprah Winfrey brough in Will.i.Am. As founder of The Black Eyed Peas I didn’t expect from Will.i.Am to have The Future of Social Media and Artificial Intelligence behind his name in the title of the podcast.

Nevertheless, that is exactly what Oprah and Will talked about. It turns out Will.i.Am is also a tech entrapeneur and and philanthropist. Will has adopted a school near the project he grew up in and if focusing on ending poverty by teaching underprivledged teens about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

In the podcast Oprah asked Will about his research on artificial intelligence. Will invests a great deal in the research and development of robotics and firmly believes every person will have a personal assistant in the near future.

Will also spoke about how in the even nearer future we will be able to see a person’s “feed” without our devices. He spoke about how our society “thumbs” through everything on the Internet and has lost their sense of humanity. He believes artifical intelligence will help that.

I agree with him interestingly enough. Although I have no desire to see everyone’s “feed” all the time (Oprah mentioned it would be awfully distracting and I agree) I do think a personal assistant would be both convienient and enabling.

Alexa sits on my windowsill and every morning she lets me know what the weather is going to be like and what time it is. I ask her questions like, “When will my package arrive?” and “Alexa, who’s your favorite superhero?” And she responds. She plays the music I like and is always there when I want to know what time it is.

Howver, Alexa has her limits. She isn’t yet portable and has to remain plugged in. She doens’t have the answers to many more complicated questions. She can’t give me suggestions based on my likes. I would love if these things were to be resolved.

We have to be careful not to create super intelligance, but I think artifical intelligence will be a great benefit to us. It’s coming whether we like it or not.