I want AI to –
Know me better than –
Anybody else knows me
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
As we use digital technology more and more, it will know us more and more. For most people, they want to limit how much that technology, especially artificial intelligence or AI, knows about them. I, on the other hand, wants AI to know as much about me as it can, because the humans I have in my world can’t fulfill my needs for knowledge and curiosity. They can’t keep up with me for a variety of reasons, from intelligence to energy to curiosity to money to free time to pursue things. The only thing that is going to be able to do this is technology, and it can’t do that well if it doesn’t know who it is serving very well. By customizing and/or curating just about everything digital that I touch, I hope to have the algorithms and AI really get to know me well to suggest to me things I would like but didn’t know existed. In that sense, then, I’ll only need to rely on the humans for human things. Let them fulfill their place in my world and not expect more of them, leading to less disappointments in them. So far, having decided on this and acting upon it for a couple of years, I must say the results have been pleasantly surprising. I’ve taken up a small percentage, but quite a good count, of things recommended to me by algorithms and AI, with high success rates… some of which involves humans, so it’s not a total discarding of humans. 😉
Did all that sound really cold? lol
The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.