“If everything else fails, read the instructions.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes instructions aren’t a good thing. For example, if you are purchasing a lovely piece of furniture, do you really want it to come with instructions? This means that when you get it home you will need to unpack the box, find the instructions, and hope against hope that you can follow them. Usually it all works out…and a mere three hours later you will have your lovely new bookcase.
Of course, by this time you have become so grumpy that your significant other has decided that she doesn’t really want to move in with you after all. Or, at least, delay it for a while. And, oh, perhaps she has learned that not all men are as handy around the house as her daddy is.
Yes, sometimes it’s a bad sign when things come with instructions.
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?
Why did we start the 30 day blog challenge?
We have had a lot of experiences and for a while the two of us have been talking about putting some of them down as advice to others so that they could learn about challenges they will discover on the downsizing road. Laura saw the 30 day blog challenge advertised and we are following the course to lean more about how to get our blog out to the world.