Innovations have started to gained something they never had before: intelligence.
A Grafton author has dedicated his fourth published book to explore what it may mean when technological innovations expand beyond human control.
Mark Dangelo’s self-published book, “The Ramifications of Innovation $ingularity,” was released a month ago and was inspired by the question of: where does personal data go when people live their lives online?
“Now we can put all this stuff together, and we can start to step back and create a mosaic of who you are,” Dangelo said.
Writer by habit
Having graduated from the University of Delaware in the early 1980s with a dual degree in electrical and computer engineering, Dangelo said he worked as a computer scientist with transformative work, traveling 300,000 miles a year internationally to fix technological problems for corporations.
Projects he worked on could have teams as large as 5,000 people, he said.
“Computer science majors were hard to find, so that really started my career,” Dangelo said.
After the events of Sept. 11, Dangelo decided he was done traveling and largely used his experiences to begin writing articles about business and technology.
“I’m a scientist under all the writing,” he said. “I hated writing.”
It was in 2003, that he began writing his first book, “Innovative Relevance: Realigning the Organization for Profit,” which was published in 2004.
He has written monthly columns for Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., for 15 years.
“My style of writing and how I personally approach things, it’s not like a journalist or writer,” Dangelo said. “It’s different … I don’t write like a normal person.”
Before writing a new book, Dangelo said he collects and keeps an archive of popular articles and derives common themes from them to write about.
He said, “The Ramifications of Innovation $ingularity,” originally was approached as an ethics book of the coinciding of technological advancements, businesses and political entities, but evolved into a discussion about the consequences of innovations.
In the book, Dangelo defines innovation singularity as “a future point in time at which growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.”
Although people tend to have an obsession and heavy reliance on innovations, he said going as far back to the invention of fire, when those innovations like artificial intelligence start to take life of their own, it could become dangerous.
This reliance isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but should be monitored before severe consequences take place, Dangelo said.
“A lot of times, it’s something that is unintended, something that is beyond our control,” he said.
“The Ramifications of Innovation $ingularity” discusses many different impacts of high-speed technological innovations, including privacy and ethical issues and political and business involvement.
Dangelo said the book mixes in fiction with nonfiction writing, with 80 percent of the book discussing the business of technology and its innovations.
A character called M7D, a transferred human intelligence, interjects as the fictional portion of the book to give insight on ramifications, potential scenarios and questions on innovations.
“What I’ve done is so unique,” Dangelo said. “The way I approach things, it’s not typical.”
Dangelo said he hopes the book provides some eye-opening questions for readers to ask themselves about how their data is being consumed and its role in their everyday lives.
Comprehension of where information online is going, the ethics of innovation and fully understanding consequences of those innovations are key takeaways, he said.
“Just because we can do something, should we?” Dangelo asked.
All of Dangelo’s four books can be purchased from his website at www.mpdangelo.com.