I have been interested in AI a while now, and thinking about programming my own virtual in house assistant like Tony Stark’s Jarvis since I first saw the first Iron Man movie. I don’t know enough programming to even write a more complex programming than that prints more than just a few lines on the screen, but I’m thinking ahead, I always do, and in the mean time, I’m learning a usefull skill.
Why do I think aspies will invent AI?
It’s quite easy, actually. It’s a logical leap. It’s not because Silicon Valley is already Aspie Valhalla, primarily dominated by people on the autism spectrum, but because of a completely different reason.
First a warning
I have to warn you, though. I might be completely off, but it might be usefull to pose this theory anyway, because somebody might pick up the idea and further research a few decennia, or it might just be a joke to people, either way, great fun.
Now: On with the theory.
Why specifically Aspies? It’s not because I’m vain and I want it to be someone like me. No. I’m not that arrogant. It’s because of a more logical, less self-centered reason.
I have noticed, that I have a tendency to think in programming code, or a simulation of programming code while interacting with people. To give you an example: I work at a store at the moment and I have a certain thing I do:
“If person stands to long watching something, ask if you can help”, this is a script I run, to help people and to know when to help. I don’t approach to early, because they will often say that they are just browsing, or they know what they want but they are just looking. It’s the scripting part, because I have scripts and routines for EVERYTHING. From getting dressed, to eating my breakfast, to getting ready for work, for everything. I literally think like a computer. Not in binary (although I don’t see grey areas in a discussion), but in If-then-statements. I also do this in social interactions. When I wanted to approach a female, or when I was in earshot of one. I would do this (this could be cringe-worthy, but it was an opener I actually used. note: I have a tummy.) “I have the body of a God” and when the women started to chuckle or do that eyeball turn thingy, I would look one of them in the eyes, look down and say: “Shame it is Buddha” and then I would introduce myself. or do something else.
It worked to get the conversation going. What I also do, and my dad also did, was copy stand-up comedian scripts ad verbatim and bring them when the situation was appropriate, when a certain keyword was said and it fitted nicely in the conversation, or we thought it did. I have been compared with a stand-up comedian here in my country, because I copy him so well.
Aspies will revolutionize AI because we think so like computers. That’s it. That’s my epiphany. Enjoy your life.