Though we may be doing things, its God who does those things through us. Why? Because He/She simply loves to play. That is called Leela. As long as we have good health, we can do all those things which matter to us. No matter what, the world around us operating on scientific principles keeps chugging on. Gravity, electromagnetic energy, weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force – these are the basis on which the world around us is built. Our understanding of these energies have led us to inventions based on electricity, magnetism, nuclear energy and so forth. From climate change to clean energy fuels – the myriad of options we have are awaiting to be explored. That is the basic difference between a human being and an animal. We are a discontented lot. We want more and more. We crave for variety. The pinnacle of all experiences. The highest of the highs. And even if we reach the summit, we want to go further.
So why don’t we stop? The short and simple answer – Desires. We have many. But most of these are short lived. We drive the car of our dreams – next moment – the vanity fades away. Say, we buy a house, start living in it and after some time the whole dream becomes mundane. Now, we want a bigger and better house. Most of our materialistic desires are such that they don’t give us lasting happiness. Still we chase them relentlessly, not knowing that, in this short life span, there is a limit to what we can do and have. Desires are good – they trigger action. However, the attachment to desires is bad. Makes us do things that we don’t want to do. We may walk an abstruse path to reach our goal, not knowing that the karma that binds us may fire against us. We have control over our actions, but results are not in our hands. If things don’t happen the way we want, we have to accept life as it blossoms in front of us. Understanding this basic truth is the first step towards happiness.
So, how can machines help us fulfil our desires? Machines are already augmenting us by being our extension. Take Google search for example. It’s an artificial fact finder for our brain. Most of the queries that we have are easily answered by these search engines. Knowledge has already become passé. Our next quest is to mine intelligence from these programs. Already, we find some minimal form of intelligence in things like chatbots, robots etc. The world is moving towards a new normal where any machine will have some sort of intelligence layer to communicate with its external world. This is the world of AI. We will no longer have to spot the pattern. The machine will do it for us. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is supposed to exceed the intelligence of a human, in the near future. There are some 20 billion devices already attached to the internet. Some dumb and some smart. We will see a massive deluge of data coming from everywhere. This data needs to be harnessed by analytic tools, which are also available.
What does this have to do with our desires? Well, for one thing machines can shorten the path between us and our desires. Take for example that you are looking forward to a fun trip. Before you go there, machines will be able to give you an experience of that place through virtual reality. If you like it, it can book your tickets, inform those who need to know and set you up. In the future, you won’t need to know the language of the destination country. There will be a translator inside your phone. The more we use the machines, the more we begin to trust them. In fact, they will enter all areas of our life making our life simpler. So, we can relax and take that much needed vacation. However, we must acknowledge the fact that machines also break down. So, an occasional health check is necessary. Also, please understand that the bad guys will try to break in. We must have ways to avoid that. There is no such thing as a sure thing. But it will be better. Much better than how we live today. Man’s best friend in the future will be a machine, not a dog.