AI, Human Creativity in the Shiny Future

It’s human nature to fear technology as a threat to job security. Ironically, this occurs even when the jobs in question, from data entry to mining, are unpleasant or even dangerous. Transitioning from subsistence and rote work can be scary simply because it asks one to become more.

But that’s also why we pursue these technological breakthroughs. For the opportunity to become more.

Technology is the reason we’re not all still tilling fields for feudal lords. It creates time and energy. It allows people to move to the city to play the saxophone in a jazz band, start craft shops on Etsy, and open consultancies performed via Skype from Bali.

The growth of technology has always been a call to action, driving people to find truer, more stimulating ways to engage with the world.

This conversation started with an article about AI and Jobs on CMO.

Embracing AI will not be easy for any of us, but it is the future. And it may make the Industrial Revolution look like a Tupperware party in terms of the impact it has on our social paradigm.

I think we’re poised for the next Renaissance. We already have, generally speaking, the extra time and resources to pursue interests our parents would have dismissed as either fantastic luxuries or laughable hobbies. I’m talking everything from acrobatic yoga to painting, robotics to music videos.

That is just addressing the current adult generation. We will soon add to the mix a young generation coming of age that grew up with touchscreen computers and apps that help them achieve anything from composing music to learning a language from their couch.

As AI takes over processes that can be learned analytically or by sheer data acquisition, we humans will simply have to become more and more creative. Because that’s what we have that computers don’t: the ability to make synaptic connections that cannot be taught or sometimes even explained.

We’ll develop our creativity not just for job security, but to take advantage of technology’s growing capabilities, and for the sheer joy of it.

I see no reason to fear this; I see The Jetsons. Maybe I watch too many cartoons, but why not? Isn’t that shiny, content world a decent jumping-off point? No matter how smart computers become, it will still be up to us how we use them, work with them, develop them.

The more clearly we visualize today, the better prepared we will be to implement tomorrow.

Imagine with me.