Las Vegas 2023

Lightning Talk: Forget AI. What the world needs most is NI.


Andrew Davis

Author, Mastering Salesforce DevOps





Nice to be back here. Uh, so my name is Andrew Davis and I wanna invite you to forget ai, what the world needs now is ni So oops. So NI is natural intelligence. It is, uh, the opposite of artificial intelligence. It is the intelligence created by nature, plant, animal, and human intelligence. So I happen to have an opportunity to work with an NI system at work. It is the most advanced computer on the planet, 86 billion parallel processors, a hundred trillion network connections, holographic data storage, autonomous decision making. And to top it all off, it's sustainable and energy efficient. This is a system diagram of the system that I use at work. I see a lot of you seem to be using similar equipment, so hope you're getting good mileage out of it. Very good. So I wanna talk to you about wiring the winning organism, <laugh>.


So, uh, so wire the winning organism. We first have to define winning. What does winning mean? So I would say winning means being happy and being free from suffering. If you're happy and you're free from suffering, you're winning. If you're not happy, not free from suffering, I would say you're not yet winning to the degree you would like to be. So, but we need to think, think a little bit more about this. We wanna think about this for the long term as well, and at what cost? At what cost to ourselves, at what cost to others? Are we pursuing this goal of happiness and suffering? And also importantly, who's included in this? Whose happiness are we talking about? So it wouldn't be a proper talk on AI without mentioning gradient descent. So mathematical concept, but you can understand it by simply water flows downhill. But for living, organisms are natural intelligence always guides us towards more happiness and less suffering.


So we're always moving towards more happiness and away from suffering. But there can be local mini when you're looking at gradient descent. And so local mini could be just comfort, right? So what's most comfortable for me right now, what makes me happiness right now happiest, right, right now, and avoid suffering right now is not necessarily the global minimum. What's best for me long term? What's best for everybody long term? So when we talk about global versus local optima, to give an illustration, uh, a global optimum would be donut economics. You can look this up. It's basically how can we have the most, uh, an, uh, civilization that's technologically advanced enough to support all of our social needs, but without being over industrialized to exceed our ecological capacity? That's donut economics. An example of local optima would be donuts, <laugh>. So at the workshop the other day, Steve Spear kept saying, I kept hearing him say, how can we maximize the delivery of value to society, maximize the delivery of value to society?


We often don't even specify delivery of value to what or to whom. That is the broadest possible perspective. We need to keep this big picture. And we can think about this even using these same principles from wiring the winning organism, uh, through ification, amplification and simplification. So thinking about these basic principles, we can even apply these internally. Ification, just take a deep breath, right? It just starts there. Just slow down a little bit. Think, feel. When we come to amplification, one of the things we want to amplify is thinking about what is the potential future impact of our present behaviors? So we think about our present behaviors, and we want to amplify our understanding and our experience of what the future impact of that would be. That's an example of amplification. And on the simplification front, um, we wanna make the problem easier to solve.


And one of the most simple ways of this is most problems can be solved by patient acceptance. So the vast majority of the world's problems can be solved in the simplest way. Basically, we are on the inside, looking out at the world, and we think we have all of these massive problems to solve, and we do from one point of view. But if you can be patient, if you can accept difficulties, if you can accept a little bit of discomfort, then you can solve the vast majority of your problems. It doesn't mean inaction, but it means patience and acceptance. So I wanna leave you with this thought. Stay human. So thank you very much.