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Creating transparent technologies is one of the secrets of social innovation. When computers were first introduced to society, only a select few who had the desire were willing to learn the nuances of this technology to use it. They saw themselves as an elite class who possessed the knowledge required to gain access to something nobody else had. Eventually, computers became easier to use by implementing graphical user interfaces. Users no longer had to memorize arcane commands to invoke the technology daemons. All one had to do was look at pictures and select the desired one. As research and development drives computer technology forward, artificial intelligence will allow the user and computer to interact in much the same way that two individuals would. At that point, the technology becomes transparent. Anyone who is able to interact socially can operate such a machine running what has been called a social user interface.
I've been studying AI for many years now and have noticed how it can affect society. Besides computers, robots also benefit from advances in artificial intelligence. Right now, robotics is at the level of being operated by the elite class who knows the arcane commands to get the robots to do what is asked of them. Graphical user interfaces have started to emerge often in the form of computer aided drafting software. What used to take a factory full of people can be done now with mechanized tools connected to a computer operated by, at most, a hand-full of people. Eventually, these tools will become more robotized and won't require anything more than a design to spit out a finished product. Robots in the rest of society, in the mean time, will be scurrying about taking care of all those mundane or dangerous tasks that we don't want to do. They will become transparent, giving no more distraction than a pet running around and following commands.