Humanity’s progress to date has depended on our ability to create new and innovative tools that help us to achieve more as a species. The introduction of AI into our lives will, without doubt, represent the next giant leap forward for humanity, but it will also massively disrupt our society, just as industrialisation, automation, and digitisation have done before.
While previous technologies – the steam engine, assembly line, and the computer – each disrupted industry at the time, AI will soon be able to work more effectively than us in the vast majority of sectors. What makes AI and the fourth industrial revolution different is that none of us can ignore the impact that AI will have on our lives.
Oh, the humanity!
The ad-man, lawyer and doctor of the ‘50s might have been able to ignore the direct impact of mass production, but almost all modern-day work that can be made into a process can be automated by AI, including digital marketing, case law, and basic medical diagnosis. However, just as computers opened up entirely new sectors and fields of research, and mass automation allowed the factory worker to step into a new thought-based role, AI will also provide us with a new range of jobs based on our human ability to adapt, improve, and think creatively.
A by-product of our last technological leap was the creation of the modern office, and since then we have been conditioned to think of ourselves as leaders or followers, as a manager or an office drone. These dichotomies are entirely false and hold people back from achieving their full potential. Within all of us, there is the drive and ability to have genuinely innovative ideas, to develop them to completion, and to lead a project as part of the greater good. To take full advantage of

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