Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Why You Should Be Afraid Of An iPad (Read time: 78.16 seconds)



I'm sure you've heard about many of the new inventions that are automating "human jobs". Robots and computers are now able to perform several of the functions that human labor can. A lot of people are fearful because of this, thinking that human workers will eventually become obsolete. In a sense, they are right. There are several jobs and occupations that computers can do way better than us. I recently went to a restaurant where I was able to order my food and pay for my meal without interacting with a human waitress, it was all done from an iPad.The experience was actually kind of cool and I didn't feel as much pressure to leave a tip either. Now that sort of sucks for a waiter, but what a waiter can do better than a computer is engage his customers with lively service, sing happy birthday with complex harmonies, and the ability to make some of us laugh. These are some of the things that make people more valuable than computers. Two areas that computers will NEVER be able to compete with the human mind are emotional intelligence and creativity. Instead of fearing how new technological advancements are killing jobs, we should be thinking in what creative ways are we indispensable. It is not enough just to have a skill these days, but we have to figure out what innovative and emotionally intelligent ingredients we can add to those skills, especially skills computers and cheaper labor can do better. A great book for reference on this topic is "A Whole New Mind" by Daniel Pink.

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