As the long-awaited holiday of pumpkins, ghosts and howls finally placed its broomstick on our doorways, we strive to look inwards and gallantly face some scary challenges. During the countless conversation with other members in regards to what frightens them the most, the answers varied as widely as the diverse Halloween costumes parading on the streets. Obviously, the notorious comments on spiders, zombies, the future, spirits etc weren’t dethroned in their popularity, yet some exceptional opinions did make the cut as well.

  1. Artificial Intelligence

As some of you may already know, AI (artificial intelligence) is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions) and self-correction. AI applications have certainly come a long way since computers first made the scene.

Now there’s no shock factor as to why some of our members may fear the possible controlling impact artificial intelligence can have in the future. We’ve all grown up with the same “dystopia society” movies with the inevitable endings of robots and machines taking over the world.

Seeing humankind fight for its survival as a kid can have a long-term impact on the way we view artificial intelligence.

As disturbing as the idea that machines might someday decide we’re irrelevant and arrange for our destruction is, we clearly need to readjust perceptions when it comes to AI systems. They have a major impact on how we live and improve daily efficiency, especially in areas like customer service applications, voice-powered assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, self-driving cars or other automation tools. How humans will use these systems in various societal aspects in the future is up to them, but the chances of any of your childhood horror movies becoming reality are rather slim.

  1. Fatal Exception Error

Surprise, surprise, this computing monster makes ghosts, werewolves,  and spirits look like child’s play in comparison. A fatal error halts processing due to faulty hardware, program bugs, read errors or other anomalies. If you get one, you generally cannot recover from it, because the operating system has encountered a condition it cannot resolve. Typically, buggy applications cause fatal errors (fatal exception errors), and the computer locks up. In most cases, all data that you have changed that has not yet been saved to disk is lost.

Our members are definitely no strangers to this threatening experience, yet in time, the shock and anxiety factor while dealing with fatal errors have lowered to an extent.

Instead, leaving room to the sharp, cold-blooded analytical thinking, or other healthier coping mechanisms.

  1. Deadlines and Bad Feedback

Do these ones even need explanations at this point? We decided to leave them for last, as a little Halloween dessert, the candy corn of our horrors if you will.

One perpetual theme this holiday has is celebrating the things that scare us, instead of just running away from them.

Well, it’s safe to say that we love to practice this mentality not only on the 31st of October but every other day as well.