I feel your pain. I use one of the typical thin blue surgical type masks when I am out walking or hiking since they are not quite as restrictive. I also pull it down under my nose or chin ONLY when there are no other people on the path.
Jeff, I’m with you on ‘technopanic’ — learned about your views first on This Week in Google. I’ve since started my own GOOD NEWSletter on Medium under www.militantoptimist.us. We certainly need reasons to be optimistic these days. Keep up the good fight on defeating technopanic!
Great summary! Forgive the plug, but for those interested in the Future of Learning Platforms — that is the theme of our next USciences eLearning 3.0 Conference. It’s also the title of our Keynote talk by Phil Hill. Have a look at https://www.usciences.edu/eLearningConference.
True AI has been around the corner for decades and has gotten a bad rap — robots taking over the world and enslaving us, etc. I agree that the “Intelligence” in AI is misleading and for reasons you mention it may never reach that pinnacle. What we really have today is machine learning which gives us an AI that is really an ‘idiot savant’ tool that will help to amplify our own human intelligence.
Dr. Estima, I like your article and plan to try sleeping on my stomach tonight! Ever since I’ve been in my 60’s, I’ve wakened with a dry mouth and chapped lips as you say, since I usually sleep on my back. I’ll let you know how it goes.