It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
– Albert Einstein
Now customers can utilize the same brainpower to help do their taxes as doctors use to help diagnose cancer. Is this a great thing? Just wondering…
On the surface, it sounds quite intriguing. Underneath the surface it sounds a bit … scary.
Watson is an artificial intelligence computer that was developed by IBM. IBM is reportedly now looking to develop its artificial intelligence technology into a multi-billion dollar business. That’s fine. Even Staples and Macys are jumping onto the Watson bandwagon to help guide shoppers through stores.
However, does anyone else have a problem with the concept of needing artificial intelligence to help professionals navigate through their tax preparation, as offered by a major tax preparer? What about the millions of people who do their taxes on their own. Is our human intelligence no longer adequate enough to properly prepare our taxes? If so, is using artificial intelligence the answer?
When I was a young kid growing up in New York, my family and I went on an outing to tour a recently-opened nuclear power plant. I believe it was the Indian Point Energy Center, but I’m not sure. In short, I was not brought up to fear nuclear energy.
Flash forward to this past summer, 2016.
Bob and I were spending days at a time scouring the Philadelphia suburbs to find an apartment to move to. Our daughter, who is here in grad school, said it would be nice to have us nearby. We were downsizing, and thought it would be lovely to take her up on her invitation.
We made several extended visits to our daughter so we could find the best apartment for us and our two dogs. We found one enticing listing located about 45 minutes away – if taking the back roads. We thought it was probably further away than we wanted, but we put it on our list of “apartments to visit” anyway.
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
– Tenneva Jordan
Our daughter is now 27. Only over recent years she has begun to refer to me as “Mama Bear.” I take this as quite the compliment. Unlike a “Helicopter Mom” who unnecessarily hovers over her child, a Mama Bear is a fierce protector. Liane calling me this now is more a mature recognition of how I was a strong advocate for her early on, when she first struggled with Bipolar Disorder, and even now, at times – but only when my help is requested.
I have always believed that a parent needs to be the strongest advocate for his or her child. After all, if you are not, who will be? Every child needs a fierce advocate, and it is particularly true if your child is struggling with a mental illness.
” ‘Cause there’s no use running
When you’re on the wrong road.”
– Don Williams
In my recent post, “Thank You Carrie Fisher and Maurice Benard,” I talked about the day our daughter was diagnosed as having Bipolar Disorder. I had found this diagnosis so difficult to accept, in part because she had already been seeing a therapist for two years, and the only diagnosis was anxiety.
This therapist had been highly recommended to me by counselors at Liane’s Middle School. However, true to this therapist’s arrogant nature, he began to talk to my daughter about herbal treatment, without consulting me. At the time Liane was 12. He convinced her that a natural remedy would help her feel better. So of course she wanted to try it.