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  • So a couple of years ago, my son, 10 year old son Sebastian, walked into my office with a glass water and he said, Mom, imagine a future where you have robots that can do everything for you, including getting your glass water.

  • You don't have to lift a thing.

  • I makes all the decisions, and machines can read your mind and beam your thoughts of someone on the other side of the world.

  • You are entertained all day by robots alone, no contact.

  • And then he drops the bomb.

  • You ready?

  • He goes.

  • Then what's the point of us now?

  • A split second later, he popped out of my office.

  • But I have to tell you, I was left with this.

  • I was left with,

  • "Who are you?"

  • Is Yoda in that little body?

  • Because to me, the point of us is a profound question coming from a 10 year old.

  • It's a profound question, no matter what age you are.

  • But it's also the defining question over times.

  • What will be the point of us when machines can outperform outmaneuver and out thinkers?

  • What will be become about now as a future sent a humanist?

  • I spend a lot of time wrestling with this question you see, is a futurist.

  • I study the impact of intelligent machines on business and society, and as a futurist, I am devoted to working with leaders to creating the future of human flourishing.

  • It's clear to me that a.

  • I robots and other intelligent machines we'll have a great benefit to our humanity, from solving world hunger to environmental collapse to debilitating diseases.

  • But they also represent a great peril to our species, from weaponized A I to mass unemployment to social manipulation.

  • I have come to understand that the defining factor between promise and peril between a life of meaning and one over relevance flies not in how much we invest in technology, but how much we invest in humanity.

  • According to the International Data Corporation, worldwide spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence systems is doubling every year, and it's projected to reach 77.6 billion by 2022.

  • How much are we investing in humanity?

  • How much were investing in developing the skills that we need to lead live, work and thrive in our A I driven future?

  • My sense is we're not investing nearly enough and we urgently have to and their three main reasons for this The first is that our humanity is under erosion.

  • The situation is dire under our eyes, a global pandemic is growing just when we need exceptional global cooperation to define who we want to become a species.

  • We are the most socially isolated, lonely, economically divided and politically polarized than ever recorded.

  • Just when we need to re imagine our economy, our legal systems and our doom democratic process in light of these powerful technologies, we are in the midst of what experts are calling a global creativity crisis.

  • Just when we need optimism and resilience to adapt to the changes that are about to come.

  • Over 300 million of us are depressed, anxious and overwhelmed with a sense of meaninglessness and pain.

  • Just when we need compassion to have the insight that we need to develop technologies that are for the benefit of humanity and the planet, we are 48% less sympathetic than the humans that came before us 40 years ago.

  • And just when we need to tune into our values, our ethics and our highest wisdom, the room for inner voice is shrinking we're no longer able to pay attention to anything, let alone be alone with our thoughts.

  • One study concluded that we have become so tech addicted, so overstimulated that we would rather receive a shock, then be left alone with our thoughts.

  • Let all of that sink in for a moment, the essential skills that we need to usher in a bright future for humankind.

  • Wisdom, compassion, collaboration, creativity, optimism and resilience.

  • By the way, the skills that make us human are precisely the skills that we're losing.

  • How are we meant to solve the grand challenges that we're facing?

  • If solving these challenges require the mental and social capacities that we're losing, are we barreling into a future mindlessly, where our humanity will be further and further eroded and where perhaps we might very well end up becoming entertained all day by robot alone?

  • No contact?

  • Or are we gonna subvert these trends, address these issues and re enrich our humanness?

  • We're not paying enough attention to this.

  • The destiny of humankind and Ai ai are interconnected on Lee.

  • If we evolve our humanity, can we develop robots?

  • A I and other intelligent machines that are fair, just and for the benefit of all.

  • No.

  • Some believe that we can develop technologies to address these issues and re skill, the skills that we're losing, and we may very well be able to.

  • But why would we create synthetic solutions for deeply human needs?

  • Could machines truly help us learn empathy, for example, when they don't feel it?

  • Imagine you've got a new puppy and you don't have time to train it in the future, we may have a robot puppy trainer like that, right?

  • Okay.

  • Now, could that robot ever teach your puppy to bond with you to see you as part of their pack to be loyal to you?

  • There is a chemical exchange that happens when we empathize with each other that robots will never be able to replicate.

  • In Sanskrit, the word for compassion is an Ocampa, which means they tremble along with no machine will tremble along with you in the longer tribe of the Philippines.

  • The word for love is I hurt for you.

  • No machine we'll ever hurt for you.

  • What gives our lives richness and meaning?

  • It's something that we do not want automated, authentic human connection.

  • We need to put down our technologies and find a way back to each other back to ourselves.

  • We need to become more human.

  • Our future really does depend on it.

  • The second reason we need to reinvest in humanity is that the domains upon which we have traditionally hinged our self worth sense of accomplishment and purpose.

  • The labors over body and the labors over mine will soon be dominated by another species.

  • Legions of jobs, both white collar and blue collar, will soon vanish.

  • So I'm not here to paint a picture off a robot apocalypse or make a feel relevant, but rather to highlight how the world that we've known is rapidly changing and we're being called to change with it.

  • So when machines can win A, I can make all the decisions and robot can do everything for you.

  • What will be the point of us now?

  • There are a lot of the stoking views out there, and every precaution is absolutely necessary.

  • But I also hold a different vision and it's one of human possibility.

  • Now come along with me for a minute.

  • Imagine a future where robots and I were able to take over the labor of our jobs imagine a future where exponential technologies eradicated many of the causes of human suffering.

  • What kind of future could we create?

  • What if the most important question right now is not what will become of us?

  • But what could we become?

  • What if these technologies were not the demise of our humanity, but a release?

  • What if humans were not displaced but awakened?

  • I believe this moment is a great moment for human re imagination.

  • I believe this moment is asking us to evolve and to become the most genuine and enlightened expression of who we are truly as human beings.

  • Now, who we are as tru...truly human beings.

  • It's something that is different for all of us.

  • But I think if we look inwards, we will find a commonality.

  • We need to reclaim the aspects of humanity that stand outside the foreseeable reach.

  • Machines domains of the heart, the worth dignity and humans lies in our hearts.

  • Inner wisdom, moral and ethical reasoning, social emotional, compassion, social emotional, critic, intelligent and creativity.

  • And dare I say it.

  • Hello, My youngest son, Matea, says.

  • We need to walk back into our love.

  • You can see my kids are budding philosophers, right?

  • But he's right.

  • We need to celebrate humans as anti machines.

  • We need to start the inner evolution of what it means to be human.

  • Now imagine that future with me.

  • Imagine a future where we met this great technological evolution with an equal and higher evolution over humanity.

  • That, to me, is a future worth living for and worth fighting for.

  • The third reason we need to reinvest in humanity is that our current leadership and economic models are woefully outdated.

  • For this new age, we're burning the most powerful technology ever seen in the history of humanity.

  • We cannot.

  • We must not do so from the same set of greed, competition, one upmanship and profit at all costs.

  • Motives that have defined our last century.

  • We risk the very survival of our species, So leadership today can no longer be about leading for profit.

  • We've outgrown the capitalistic ideals of profit at all costs.

  • We need new ideas of value for example, triple bottom line objectives, people, planet and profit.

  • Nor can it be about leading for performance.

  • As we focused on so much we've over optimized.

  • We've turned humans into machines and we already burnt out.

  • We need to put our physical, mental and emotional well being back into the equation.

  • And it cannot be about leading for purpose as we have understood it.

  • For many, this was a marketing ploy.

  • We have seen the impact of empty promises and purpose washing, and we need to lead with purpose for riel nor gonna be about relentlessly leading for innovation as we have been in the last couple of decades.

  • We've seen the impact off the move fast and break things mentality.

  • We need a new model of innovation.

  • We need humanity centered innovation.

  • We need innovation with conscience.

  • This moment is calling for different kind of leadership.

  • We need leaders to understand that if you are in any way developing, deploying or using, I you are in every sense of the word leading for the future of humankind.

  • That is a whole lot more responsibility in the businesses and leaders are used to.

  • So we need to start asking How are we preparing leaders to lead for humanity to develop the business and tech solutions that support genuine human thriving to create new humanity, centric metrics, policies, legislations, products and economic models?

  • Are we merely relying on leaders, conscience and goodwill.

  • Or are we going to develop the leadership skills that will launch a species to the next level of potential?

  • We need leaders who will do the moral work off this generation, who will learn the skills off courage and compassion to resist incredibly attractive siren.

  • Call off a I profitability and to balance it with impact on human life in society.

  • We need leaders who will wrestle with the profound questions that are facing us.

  • For example, do we really want machines that can read our minds and beam our thoughts of someone on the other side of the world?

  • You might be surprised to know that efforts in this field already underway.

  • The implications are profound, and we must wrestle with them.

  • We need leaders who will put people over profit and planet overpower.

  • We need leaders with the courage to lead for humanity.

  • That is the point of us.

  • That is the point of leadership.

  • Today.

  • My Children, your Children, our Children's Children deserve to live in a world where humans are truly flourishing, where we realize our fullest potential, a world that is far more just wise and compassionate.

  • A world where we get to be more human together.

  • This should be our ultimate vision for a future with superintelligent technologies.

  • Frankly, we should all deem anything less than that

  • a failure

  • When I finally spoke to Sebastian, I answered his question in the most sincere and thoughtful way that I could.

  • The answer I gave him has since completely changed.

  • How I live, my life work and even parent, I said Sebastian.

  • I believe the point of us, especially now, especially in the future and perhaps always is to do the invisible but revolutionary work off becoming more human.

  • This is our chance to reimagine humanity.

  • There is no planet that we can escape to where these issues are not gonna follow us.

  • My invitation for everyone here is to walk out with the courage to say that humanity matters and to join me in the exquisite journey of becoming more human together.

  • Thank you.

So a couple of years ago, my son, 10 year old son Sebastian, walked into my office with a glass water and he said, Mom, imagine a future where you have robots that can do everything for you, including getting your glass water.

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The Point of Us:The purpose of humanity in the age of AI | Caroline Chubb Calderon | TEDxMaplewood

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