I recently read the book summary of Life 3.0. It describes a future, called Life 3.0, where artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a dominant force in the world. At that time, there is a possibility that AI would rule the world because it has superintelligence that far surpasses human intelligence.
It’s still a distant future, but recent advancements have made it closer and closer. Through a field known as machine learning, for instance, computers can now learn to perform a task without being taught before. They can learn from experience and get better by themselves. Currently, this only applies to specific fields (e.g. playing chess or translation), but over time it could be applied to multiple fields at once.
What about the near future?
In the near future, the threat of AI is how it endangers jobs through automation. More and more jobs can be replaced by machines as they become more intelligent. The Economist recently published a special report about it.
You might think that your field is safe, but it’s better to prepare yourself before it’s too late. You should make yourself future-proof.
How can you do that?
I believe that the key is being a versatilist: someone who can be a specialist in a particular discipline, while at the same time be able to change to another role with the same ease. Versatilists have the ability and flexibility to transform themselves if necessary. When Thomas Friedman used the term…
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