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AI: How do we future proof ourselves?

Leanne Page, Programme Director at Wunderman, has organised multiple events around artificial intelligence. Her second event in the series, gathered six panellists to discuss how we future proof ourselves. Each of them had fascinating views on artificial intelligence and how it affects humans and the world of work. Read on for a recap of the main talking points from the event.

Artificial Intelligence is emerging in our world and has no signs of decreasing. The fear around the evolution of technology has been around for over a decade. ‘Our jobs will be taken by machines and robots, technology will take over…’ This fear can be explained by the lack of knowledge therefore the lack of understanding it. The main issue around that is our education.The system hasn’t changed in a while and it is problematic. We need to get the government to implement the education of technology and get young people interested in AI. They are the ones who will shape the future. The knowledge they will acquire will enable them to use technology with ethics and control its usage.

Thanks to technology, we easily have access to a tremendous amount of knowledge across multiple platforms and we need to make good use of this opportunity. Moreover, technology is a powerful tool, whether negative or positive. For that reason, education needs to focus more on EQ, not only IQ, in order to emphasize on our empathetic side and use AI ethically.

People are afraid of losing their jobs to technology. However, if they gain knowledge about it, it creates opportunities. It is not a threat, it is part of our evolution. People had a similar fear during the industrial revolution, and that created many jobs that wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for this historical event. The nature of the jobs will probably change, but they will not vanish. It’s time to be part of that evolution, learn how to use technology to enable something positive.

Lastly, human beings are the creators of technology. AI cannot take our place, it is important that we, as humans embrace our complexities. We shouldn’t be drained by our humanity, we need to encourage people around us. We need to love more, make art and embrace our emotions and spirituality. We ought to hold on to our optimism and choose to work with technology for a better future.

Leanne Page brilliantly said: ‘I believe we won’t run out of work until we run out of work’.