Yesterday I was riding in an Uber and after some pleasant formalities with the driver, I brought up the topic of Artificial Intelligence.
He tranistioned from happy to apprehensive at the mention of A.I.
I know, I know, it’s a touchy subject for drivers, but my intentions were not bad.
I softened him up a bit by talking about Alpha Go’s recent accomplishments and how this new version of A.I. has the ability to teach itself.
If you haven’t seen AlphaGo, check out this video.
Then, once he opened up he said he works in the finance industry and they are seeing a lot of automation occurring already.
He also mentioned that many top professionals in his field not only need industry skills but also excellent computer literacy, and even programming skills in some cases.
He’s probably right.
Based on my interactions, I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t want to talk about A.I.
Like not acknowledging it will stop it from happening. I’m sure it’s a different story in Silicon Valley, though. 1
Anyways, I like to imagine the future with A.I. as a quantum leap for the better! I’m excited about the infinite possibilities coming our way.
Operating from fear is a low vibration anyway.
There are those thoughts again.
What if Artificial Intelligence hurts a lot of people?
Tim Urban has a great two part series on A.I. where he asks:
Will it be a nice God?
And if you’re not familiar with Ray Kurzweil, his book “Singularity is Near” is a real eye opener.
Since we must adapt, there are certain questions that we must ask ourselves:
- How much do we know about the new technology that’s available?
- How can we develop our skills to remain in demand?
- What skills will be absolutely mandatory, and how frequently will they change?
- Which jobs will no longer have demand and how can we shift to emphasize other skills?
What Will An Automated Economy Look Like?
Juggernauts like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, etc. all rely on mass adoption the way they are currently structured.
Meaning they need a lot of people paying into them to see the enormous growth they’ve become accustomed to.
And let’s say that automation did wipe out a ton of jobs leaving large numbers of unskilled people out of work.
Wouldn’t that be a lot fewer people buying stuff?
Something’s Got To Give
- Automation will create a ton of new jobs that don’t exist yet
- Those business models will become outdated?
I can’t quite wrap my head around this one yet…
This Is No Time To Drag Our Heels
Advances are coming at us faster and faster.
Dig deep down and face these issues head on!
I believe that’s the best way to give ourselves a chance.
What questions are you asking about the influence of A.I. on your business or career? And what are you doing to prepare yourself?