All forward-looking work begins with a deadline, because it's this deadline that pushes us to project, that forces us to build lines of continuity and envisage ruptures. Over the past fifty years, the pace of innovation has accelerated. That's why it's hard for technological thinking to project beyond 10-15 years. 2030 is therefore a conceivable timeframe.
The effervescence we've seen over the last five years in the field of artificial intelligence is due to the convergence of two phenomena: the digital revolution, whose corollary is the fact that (almost) every human activity involves a digital trace, and the 30,000-fold increase in computing power since 2020 ("Moore's Law").
We're all aware that the widespread use of this "new" technology (discovered in the 50s by Alan Turing) is already part of our daily lives. But what upheavals will it provoke? How will our societies come to terms with this technology, which claims to mimic -imperfectly- human thought?
The sudden irruption of AI into our lives raises the classic question: "Should we chain Prometheus?" And if we wanted to, could we?
Considering it illusory to believe that humanity could unlearn the knowledge it has acquired, we are condemned to tame the fire we have discovered. Scientific and technical discoveries are turning the world upside down and transforming our societies. We are convinced that mankind has an irreplaceable singularity, but we must collectively channel the uses of science to ensure that it remains at our service.
At Preligens, we are modest discoverers and users of this breakthrough technology. This obliges us to think beyond our daily practice, to define ethical lines and to contribute to collective reflection.
It's in this spirit that we're sharing the latest AI news, trends and discoveries in this new issue, so that you too can tell us what you expect from AI in 2030.
Enjoy your read!
The Preligens team