Photo shot by Rotana Ty during a sunny walk in Vienna, Austria.
“As humans teach ever more capable machines to use language, the once-obvious line between them will blur.” — The Economist
If our world is becoming augmented and automated, what is left to us to be better human? I would say to develop human, design and technological skills. To go beyond labels and bias. To adapt and innovate. To be ourselves even if the once-obvious line with machines could blur as shared this article in the Economist.
Our proficiency to use and interact with machines could also matters. Why? Could our augmented human self work better in complementarity and symbiosis with the machines?
- Does it matter to know how to use voice assistants like Google Home or Alexa to get things done?
- Does it matter to know how to use AI apps for personal, business usages and doing good in our world?
- Does it matter to know that it is thanks to machine learning that foreign words I put in my Google app are translated in French or English for my understanding?
- Does it matter how driverless cars or automated subways work?
What matters to me is the curiosity I have and develop for emerging technologies, their usages, the emerging mindsets, behaviours and skillset for co-creating, collaborating and cooperating and learning in our augmented and automated world. From 2017 to today, I went to much more lifeplaces, exhibitions, fairs and conferences and dive deep into online resources related to machine learning, robots, automation and work futures.
I play with my Google Home to figure out how this device works for me and its limits.
I went to exhibitions in Paris, France:
- ‘ô boulot’ at MAIF Social Club, Paris, France, on automation and the world of work, and discuss with one of the curators on the meaning of this exhibition shared by the artists.
- #Connexions at Station F, an interactive fair organized by Facebook on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, apps usages and their startup program.
I will go to other events in Paris, France as well:
- Exhibition ‘Artists & Robots’ in Grand Palais, on using machines for imagining and creating art.
- Meet up ‘on Robots: assistants now, our bosses tomorrow?’ facilitated by MAIF Social Club, on the interactions between robots and humans.
I also intend to watch:
- Blade Runner 2049 (movie)
- Passengers (movie)
- AlphaGo (documentary)
- Westworld (TV Show)
- Ex Machina (movie)
I dived deep in the online courses:
- Introduction to machine learning: an online course by Google Digital Active & IAB Europe. This enabled me to understand how ‘small, big and prickly problems’ are tackled by Google through machine learning and why.
- Robots & Men: an online course brought by Usbek & Rica, on robots and their business, cultural and social impacts on life and work.
I intend to dig this online resource: Prepare.AI: “a curated list of materials we’ve found helpful for learning about Artificial Intelligence.”
Diving deep in machines learning, robots, automation and work futures through those online resources, events and conversations with people. That doesn’t mean that I am all in for using machine learning and automation of everything in any field.
“Will we blindly outsource and abdicate big chunks of our lives to the global technology companies – or will we take back our autonomy and demand a sustainable balance between technology and humanity?” — @gleonhardhttp://www.techvshuman.com” via @rossdawson
The algorithms and bias, that are brought and feed by them via Internet and emerging technologies, ought us to stay curious and develop our critical thinking. We don’t have to drink like water what tech giants and unicorns create and evangelize.
For doing so, I would suggest to ask ourselves questions to pause and reflect before embracing a possible combination of machines and humans. For instance, does that usage of machines…
… do good in our world or for profit only?
… help me to be better version of myself?
… enable me to develop my human skills?
… contribute to my reinvention or the one of my team and organization?
… foster the development of new experiences and my portfolio?
… challenge the status quo instead of reinventing the wheel in a field?
… help me see the big picture and with fresh eyes?
… understand complexity such a group, a movement of people or a city like Vienna?
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” — Stephen Hawking