Don’t Fear the Robot Reaper
Another day, another job lost to robots. As robotics and artificial intelligence improve on an exponential basis, it looks like humans are being made increasingly irrelevant. But is that really what’s happening? Not necessarily. Every prior advance in technology has made large numbers of existing jobs and professions irrelevant, but they have also multiplied the possibilities for new occupations. Just as the average person living a century ago couldn’t imagine video game or website design as a job, so too is it difficult for us now to envision what we’ll be doing in the future. Peter explains that the key lies in understanding combinatorialism – the ability to combine existing ideas into new ones, to stay ahead of the machines. New opportunities don’t add up, they use technological advances to multiply.
It’s Actually Not That Bad
In the 1970s, communications professor George Gerbner came up with the concept of Mean World Syndrome – the belief, garnered from too much exposure to negative television news, that the world is a much harsher place than it is. In an era of social media, this can be exacerbated, since it’s friends, colleagues and relatives who are flooding us with bad news. But the world really isn’t all that bad. In fact, it’s better than it’s ever been, by almost every measure. In this talk, Peter illuminates how technology has improved the human race by leaps and bounds and shares secrets on how to avoid getting bogged down by Mean World Syndrome.