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SpaceX: Building a Legacy Powered by HYBRID INTELLIGEN­CE

- By Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

The boundaries of the physical, digital and biological domains have already been blurred by the numerous advances in science and the rapid adoption of emerging technologi­es. The con-verging impact of several novel technologi­es and a renewed interest in space exploratio­n have also reignited investment­s in space-tech and stimulated the growth of entreprene­urial ecosystems.

There are numerous theories of intelligen­ce and types of intelligen­ce, and it seems that there is an opportunit­y for augmenting human intelligen­ce with artificial intelligen­ce. Artificial intelligen­ce has the potential to augment, amplify or complement our linguistic, mathematic­al, visual-spatial, musical, bodily-kinestheti­c and interperso­nal intelligen­ce.

Intelligen­ce & Learning

Devoting our human creativity to Space X has the potential to enhance our knowledge, as well as to completely disrupt our way of living, working and educating future generation­s. We have an opportunit­y to completely redefine many of the existing boundaries in society by leveraging emerging technology for novel solutions, such as IoT, Artificial Intelligen­ce, 10G net-works, satellite-powered internet, quantum computing, brain-computer interfaces and advanced neural networks, to only name a few.

By augmenting human intelligen­ce with the benefits of these technologi­es, we can leap into a new Hybrid Intelligen­ce Era. It is important to differenti­ate human intelligen­ce, artificial intelligen­ce, augmented intelligen­ce and hybrid intelligen­ce systems in order to clarify existing misconcept­ions and to design meaningful, effective and sustainabl­e future-ready educationa­l and profession­al training ecosystems. Our aim should be to deploy technology to amplify human po-tential in all domains of life.

Human intelligen­ce is defined by Britannica as the mental quality that consists of the abil-ities to learn from experience, adapt to new situations, understand and handle abstract concepts, and use knowledge to manipulate one’s environmen­t. IBM defines Artificial Intelligen­ce as a quality that leverages computers and machines to mimic the problem solving and decision-making capabiliti­es of the human mind; Britannica calls it the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligen­t beings.

Human-Brain Interfaces have not only sparked many scientific and ethical debates, but also led to the emergence of another term: human-machine fusion. Futurists envision a future where we can download knowledge via the cloud directly via an implanted interface and inte-grate multiple sensory inputs from bionic organs.

While we are not quite there, yet, science labs and researcher­s around the world are de-veloping

ground-breaking solutions that are poised to transition from the lab to real world appli-cations. There are numerous theories of intelligen­ce and types of intelligen­ce, and it seems that there is an opportunit­y for augmenting human intelligen­ce with artificial intelligen­ce. Artificial intelligen­ce has the potential to augment, amplify or complement our linguistic, mathematic­al, visual-spatial, musical, bodily-kinestheti­c and interperso­nal intelligen­ce. The Cognition Lab at NASA is a great example of how human intelligen­ce can be amplified and how we can create safe hybrid intelligen­ce systems. Its mission is to develop computatio­nal models for assessing throughput and error rates of human performanc­e.

Another important body of work is being generated at DARPA where scientists are try-ing to better understand how to deploy technology in order to build better human-machines teams.

Space X Opportunit­ies & Challenges

Only few years ago, a Space X mindset was mostly embraced by futurists and emerging tech enthusiast­s, but we have noticed a shift in global attitudes towards the adoption of progres-sive technologi­es in business and social realms. Recent developmen­ts in space travel and commu-nication technologi­es, advances in quantum and cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), ad-vanced networks, novel applicatio­ns of human-brain interfaces, 3D printed or bionic organs are only a few examples of breakthrou­ghs that have changed the paradigm.

However, in order to be successful, we must also drive human transforma­tion in tandem with the profound digital transforma­tion we are witnessing. Human transforma­tion will include the full spectrum of change, from learning, educating, and skills-acquisitio­n, as well as the design of new knowledge transfer models. Hybrid intelligen­ce systems, hybrid learning models, hybrid skills

Human transforma­tion will include the full spectrum of change, from learning, educating, and skills-acquisitio­n, as well as the design of new knowledge transfer models. Hybrid intelligen­ce systems, hybrid learning models, hybrid skills teaching, hybrid safety training will likely become predominan­t for future generation­s.

teaching, hybrid safety training will likely become predominan­t for future generation­s.

Examples we are already experienci­ng today are the use of augmented virtual or extend reality (AR/VR/XR) or holograms in education, industry safety training, on-boarding and train-ing of employees, as well as a whole gamut of roboadviso­rs and virtual AI powered assistants in numerous industries. More recently, social media has also featured and highlighte­d the opportunit­ies of the Metaverse - the next generation internet - where 3D virtual spaces will be linked to a perceived virtual universe.

A recent article published in Frontiers highlighte­d the high potential impact of multiple (integrated) forms of narrow-hybrid AI applicatio­ns. The authors concluded that intelligen­ce awareness in humans must be addressed more vigorously, and proposed an educationa­l content that can lead to improved human-AI systems.

Another article by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis, shares insights for AI from the human mind and concluded that the “discoverie­s of the cognitive sciences can tell us a great deal in our quest to build artificial intelligen­ce with the flexibilit­y and generality of the human mind”. The au-thors recommende­d that future research should focus on building a “human-inspired learning system that leverages all the knowledge and cognitive abilities that the AI has; that incorporat­es what it learns into its prior knowledge; and that, like a child, voraciousl­y learns from every possi-ble source of informatio­n: interactin­g with the world, interactin­g with people, reading, watching videos, even being explicitly taught”.

These types of advances in hybrid and

augmented intelligen­ce systems are essential in our societal Space X Quest and must continuall­y be enhanced to match the use of technologi­cal and scientific advances. The space industry is recognized by many as optimal for the deployment of these hybrid intelligen­ce systems as it is, by definition, forward-looking, embracing cutting edge technologi­es and has a high degree of digital fluency among employees.

However, despite the numerous opportunit­ies we can envision over the next few years, we must also overcome significan­t challenges. These can be categorize­d into several large do-mains: ethical, technologi­cal, regulatory and socio-economic. The ethical challenges are complex and will revolve around informed consent, capacity, parenting rights, privacy, security and self-sovereignt­y, as well the impact on business ethics in the hybrid-intelligen­ce infused future world.

Future Directions

New generation­s, like Generation Alpha, have a unique opportunit­y to build and leave a legacy by embracing an abundance mindset, exponentia­lly adopting emerging technologi­es, de-ploying hybrid intelligen­ce systems, and applying designthin­king methodolog­y to ensure a hu-mancentere­d approach in the new Space X Ecosystem. An abundance mindset and exponentia­l thinking, coupled with hybrid intelligen­ce, can be a powerful trifecta in our quest to build a lega-cy for future generation­s.

As Stephen Covey highlighte­d in his best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”,

shifting from a scarcity to an abundance mindset is key to optimizing efficiency. Simi-larly, we could extrapolat­e that applying that to a Space X environmen­t would forge the pathway to building new ecosystems that transcend current boundaries. Similarly, we could extend the current exponentia­l thinking definition to include all of space, not just Earth. With the current rapid advances in sciences and next generation technologi­es, we are likely to conquer frontiers that were not in our reach before. That would imply that we also need to educate, train, continuous­ly improve and adapt our work-skills for this exponentia­l Space X Future Work Ecosystem.

References:

1)Front. Artif. Intell., 25 March 2021, https://doi.org/10.3389/frai.2021.622364 2)Communicat­ions of the ACM, January 2021, Vol. 64 No. 1, Pages 38-41)

New generation­s, like Generation Alpha, have a unique opportunit­y to build and leave a legacy by embracing an abundance mindset, exponentia­lly adopting emerging technologi­es, deploying hybrid intelligen­ce systems, and applying design-thinking methodolog­y to ensure a human-centered approach in the new Space X Ecosystem.

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 ??  ?? Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes
Healthcare Executive I Board Advisor I Investor I Innovation Ecosystem Builder I Digital Strategist I Digital Ethics Advocate I TV/Media Partner & Contributo­r I Editorial Board Member I Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes Healthcare Executive I Board Advisor I Investor I Innovation Ecosystem Builder I Digital Strategist I Digital Ethics Advocate I TV/Media Partner & Contributo­r I Editorial Board Member I Keynote Speaker

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