Thanks for popping in.
Very happy to be a crafter today!
Well, Alexa made me think this morning.
Gosh, I thought.
She recognises my voice, she answers my requests and she even tells me jokes. Every now and then, Siri pipes up with
“Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that”.
It’s all around us. AI. And we thought it would never happen, didn’t we? Well, I did. Not in my lifetime, I said.
When I was at university, studying languages and translation, and training to become an interpreter, the first computers were being developed. They were the size of houses, and programming was insanely complex. For a moment, we in the language faculty all gasped – “will they invent a computerised translator?”
“Nah” we responded arrogantly, “Semantics Timothy, semantics”.
Oh how we laughed when the first feeble attempts were made. Google Translate was a great source of amusement to us language boffins, I can tell you. Nothing like activating the translate option for a giggle. I remember when a certain shopping channel used a computerized translator on a German channel. ‘Sue Wilson Dies’ was translated, ‘Sue Wilson dies’ (as in brown bread) And translated back into English, instead of
‘free shipping with orders over €30’, it read
FREE CRUISE WITH EVERY ORDER OVER €30
Tickled me pink.
But now Artificial Intelligence has it down. It can read to me in perfect English, or German or Swahili; it can pick up my voice and write for me in any language I care to use. It can calculate numbers faster than any human being, let alone me with my modest O level maths, and it can steer a plane without a pilot.
When did the impossible become a reality? Nowadays we even take those impossible things for granted. Very much so.
Doesn’t mean life is easier. Doesn’t mean we’re happier. Or less overwhelmed. Or less anxious. Or richer.
Would my job as a translator be secure nowadays? Nope.
A button-click away from redundancy.
So, yes. I am a very, very happy and grateful crafter.
Love & Hugs,