SpaceX: Building a Legacy Powered by HYBRID INTELLIGENCE
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.
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.
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.