Manage Your Time Convenience of Online Shopping

Online shopping has become very common wherever you are. You can manage your supplies and have them delivered to your doorstep. The online stores are attracting buyers the world over. You can access high quality goods at very affordable rates. With the expansion of the market, there is a wide range of products that can be accessed. Some even offer free shipping, but this depends on where you are located. There is nothing you cannot be able to access online today from electronics, clothing, household items and so on.Sometimes free shipping is offered because the cost of transport has already been integrated into the price of the items. The shipping price is usually quite low and it may not alarm the buyer that some goods are a bit higher in price than he would have expected.Best advantageOne the greatest advantages of shopping online, especially in areas where this is well established is the discounts that you may be able to access. This is given as an incentive to attract more and more buyers. When there are promotional sales, it is possible to access goods at a great discount. You need to follow news in different stores so as to enjoy such discounts should they come up. Most sites also offer bonuses and you can get them when you shop, give reviews of products; make a video or photo purchases and so on.


PopularityOne of the areas in the world where online shopping has become very popular is developing countries. Many people have realized that the goods from developing countries are very affordable and of quite a high quality. You will note that many high end brands and international ones have got factories within these countries. There are shopping companies that cooperate with different factories so as to come up with the greatest brands and then make them available to the public. This ensures that customers are able to get the best bargains in the market. This is why so many people prefer doing their shopping online as they can compare different stores and get the best products with low prices.The online shopping website can actually save you lots of cash. The great competition that exists makes the online sores and the emerging stores engage in a fight so as to gain the trust of customers. You will note promotions, services, deals and even coupons. You can enjoy great value for money. Many people enjoy internet connection today and there are those who prefer shopping online than having to visit different online stores.AgentsThe other thing that has come out strongly is the use of agents. These agents are able to bridge the gap between the sellers and the buyers. What usually happens is that they help in the communication process and they connect the buyer and the seller. If you choose to use an agent, they will be responsible for making payments to sellers on your behalf.


The agents also do an inspection, which ensures that you don’t get incorrect or inferior products. You will get only the highest quality ones. They also do the packaging and then consolidate the items so that they can be packaged popular for transit.Agents also ship the packages for you and they offer different kinds of methods. This allows the customer to make up their mind about what they really want. The fact that most of these agents are able to verify the package and its quality and then deliver it your doorstep adds to convenience. Agents are changing the way people shop by creating a common meeting ground for different stores and customers to meet.

Artificial Intelligence and Our Humanity

We hear and read about it everywhere these days.

You hear people saying, “The future is now.”

“We have to give way to technology.”

“We’ll be better off and live better lives (maybe not even work) if we let AI do it.”

Yes, technology is here, and we are living at the dawn of the age of AI, and it’s a topic that we’ve seen and heard a lot more about this year.

I wonder what the opportunities will be for the average person. You know, the person who is not the founder of Facebook, Google or Amazon, which have placed such high barriers to entry that it will be rare for companies to break into that stratospheric league.

What’s Going to Happen with Humans?

Do you wonder what’s going to happen to the average person? AI are taking over customer service, writing, design, sales, law, and medicine. As a businessman and social entrepreneur, the reality is that if you’re looking at things in a purely bottom-line manner, using AI could make a whole lot of sense. They never get sick. They work 27/7/365. They never stop and can indeed produce more than any human can–in a lifetime. From a pure dollars and cents perspective, AI can make a lot of sense.

But then you have to wonder about the broader implications of AI, and I sense that society has not even started to get its head around the implications. If you pay even a little attention to the news, then you know that a few months ago Facebook engineers shut down and pulled the plug on AI that decided on its own to go ahead and develop a new language. It was more efficient for them to get the work done, but humans did not understand. It seems that the language was basic, but what happens if the AI had not been shut down? Would they have developed a highly sophisticated way to communicate and operate that completely excised human?

I agree that technology can be beneficial to society. I think most people would agree that we’d prefer to send a bot into a dangerous situation, say war, rather than ask our men and women to put their lives on the line. I think there’s something to be said for the rapidly expanding role of robotics in medicine. For example, the fact that we’ve started to print human organs with 3D is a significant advancement, and we have to hope that many lives will be saved.

The Deeper Issues Related to AI

My concern as I dig deeper into the issue of AI is what the implications are for the human race, and yes, that even includes how we in the philanthropic sector connect with each other and with the world we serve. As I noted in the previous article I wrote, the Partnership on AI, which is a collaborative effort between mega-companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and leading non-profits such as UNICEF and Human Rights are trying to lead the conversation about the implications of AI in all of our lives.

If you tune in even a little bit into the conversation about AI, you know that we have to deal with many issues, including some of the following:

Safety: We don’t want to be in a situation where AI is created, and it is not obligated to protect human life.
Transparency: We had the recent situation with Facebook where they shut down AI, but who rules (government or business) when someone says “Houston, we have a problem”?
Labor and the Economy: Whose responsibility is it to train people as AI develops and what will their work functions be in light of a much more powerful AI partner? Will people even have jobs?
Society: For communities around the world, which certainly includes nonprofit and philanthropic work, what will be the impact of AI on philanthropy, education, charitable work, science, private/public partnerships, etc.

The reality seems to be apparently developing that there are few areas–if any–that AI will not touch.

Humanity’s Competitive Advantage

When I read about issues related to AI, I think of one thing–humanity. I believe we all have to get into the conversation now about the implications of AI. I’m someone who likes and values people precisely because we are imperfect. There is a lot of prose and poetry in the human condition. AI cannot love, demonstrate courage, hope, dream, feel fear, etc.

In my mind, those qualities are what makes humans so much better than AI. Our values are our competitive advantage in comparison to AI. There is something intrinsic within people (some call it a soul or spirit, others connect the scientific dots of all the elements that make up our brains, hearts, and bodies) that makes us unique, and yes, even exceptional.

We have a serious conversation that has to take place about AI, but it involves all humans, and we have to pay attention before we have a situation we did not bargain for in the age of technology.

The Path for Humanity as it Greets AI

In many ways, I hope that AI begins to break down the things that divide us and that we discover that as humans, we are all the same. We are. Take away the issues of money, race, religion, gender and everything else; we all bleed red.

We all hurt.

We all hope.

We all dream.

The way I see it, the time is now for humanity. It can be our finest hours at the dawn of a new age–provided we all get out of our own way and engage in a global dialogue about humanity in the age of AI.