Last year marked a tipping point in the rise of the robots. From Amazon’s Alexa to Google’s AlphaGo, artificial intelligence is advancing towards what was once considered a uniquely human quality – intuition.
Less than a year ago a machine had never beaten the world’s best Go players – a game of intelligence considered even more difficult than chess. But all that changed when AlphaGo, an artificially intelligent computing system built by researchers at Google, challenged and won against some of the world’s best.
In describing his 1-4 series loss Fan Hui, three-time European Go champion, remarked “It’s not a human move. I’ve never seen a human play this move. So beautiful.”
As AI (Artificial Intelligence) continues to progress from science fiction to mainstream, it’s important to stay in touch with continuing developments. Otherwise rather than making informed projections about how soon different jobs might become automated, your decision-making may be driven by over-enthusiastic hype or sceptical denial.
While many focus on the fear of becoming irrelevant through technology, a simple mind leap transforms this threat into an opportunity...
Rather than focusing on protecting the status quo thereby anchoring yourself in the past, instead push yourself to actively experiment with new habits. To get comfortable being uncomfortable. Whether it’s asking your phone questions. Or letting your computer decide the next movie to watch or meal to eat.
In this way you’ll far more actively comprehend what’s already possible. So you can better focus your workforce and your own career trajectory towards more uniquely human capabilities. Developing greater expertise in new areas, secure in the realisation that other capabilities are gradually becoming less valuable.
As Mahatma Gandhi once remarked “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.”
In other words, use the real power of human intelligence to shape an inspiring future.
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