Will we be more human tomorrow?
Just ’cause I predicted this
Doesn’t make it any easier to live with
And what’s the point of knowin’ it
if you can’t change it? You can’t change, can’t change it
These lyrics belong to the song “To be human!” by Sia. In many ways, this song captures one of the most defining struggles of the upcoming decades: machines versus humans.
The more we advance in the fields of neuroscience, robotics, and synthetic psychology, the better our machines become. And the better they become, the more threatened humans feel.
Some predict the rise of the machine as a catastrophic event. Others more optimistic believe in humans keeping things under control for decades to come
We are destined to live together, so why not try to make it easier to live with each other?
What’s changing: Thursday, October 11th, 2018
- The good news is, there are more humans living in better conditions than ever before! (1 minute read)
- “To hack a human is easy; machines just need to do better than the average human”. Fascinating interview with Yuval Noah Harari, Historian; and Tristan Harris who runs the Center for Humane Technology. (56 minute video)
- Let’s just make more robots. Alibaba is doing it, and almost everybody else is too. (3-minute and 6 minute reads)
- Automation 0 – Humans 1. Or If you want to automate in Las Vegas, let me know well in advance. (4 minute read)
- And, with the holidays upon us, let’s bring out the 5000 warehouse robots. (2 minute read)
- What if robots are the only solution for loneliness? (3 minute read)
- If only I could just choose my baby’s eye color… Well, funny you mention it. (1 minute read)
- Talking about kids, what advice would you give them to prepare them for the future? (6 minute read)
- Maybe machines are making us more human human after all. (1 minute read)
- Hey, everything could be fixed with the Internet Bill of Rights (8 minute read)
“First, in a knowledge economy, learning and thinking are the single best long-term investments you can make in your career. Learning and thinking determine our decisions. Then, decisions determine our results.”
– From “The Number 1 Lifelong Habit of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule”
Food for thought
Compassion Collapse – The difference between can’t or won’t makes a huge difference.
This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.
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