Futureproof in the Age of Automation

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Did you know that PwC estimates AI will contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030?
In this episode, we explore “Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation” by New York Times technology columnist, Kevin Roose.
We discuss how technology is and will continue to transform the global workforce, the effect of technology on our focus and attention, and how to maintain your individuality in the age of echo chambers.
While we both share a “suboptimistic view” of the future, we emphasize the ways humans can still add extreme value moving forward.
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00:00 Intro
2:15 There was serious economic pain during the last three industrial revolutions
4:39 What optimists say about technological disruption
6:38 Less jobs are being created for humans
10:08 Machines are diagnosing brain cancer faster than humans
11:28 Beware the boring bots
13:06 Beware the algorithmic manager
16:38 Hard skills versus soft skills
23:01 How many of our beliefs were put there by big tech algorithms?
26:40 The power of choice architecture
29:54 Getting out of “the web of invisible forces”
32:29 Breaking free from our phones
33:16 Adding a human touch to our interactions
35:48 “Idleness aversion”
36:04 “Attention guarding” and the importance of focus
40:01 We do still have control over our own technology use
41:01 The craziest examples of AI error
46:49 The importance of social safety nets
47:56 Now is the time to let your personality out
49:10 Wrap-up
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References:
“Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation” by Kevin Roose
https://amzn.to/3ca7xYS
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