Changing Perspective. AI should be the “rocket fuel” that takes the humans to the stars, not replacing the astronauts. 🚀💫
As some of you have understood I’ve been reflecting on how we perceive AI these days, and I wanted to share some thoughts with you. I’m the first to confess to that it’s easy to see AI as a way, or perhaps a threat, to replace humans because the AI of today is getting close to achieving the same results as humans. But what if we could shift our perspective – and see how AI could actually help us quit staring at the treetops, and reach for the stars?
In today’s world, it’s easy to view AI as a way to cut down on human workforce. And it’s understandable to see how using AI as a way of cutting costs would appear as a way of making better margins. However, I believe we need to consider another possibility.
Let me share an example. I just read about a motorcycle design team that used AI to design a bike-part that was more robust, more energy-efficient, and even cheaper to manufacture. Instead of firing a colleague because of this new tech, they achieved something better as a team – amplified by AI.
My point is this. When we see AI as a threat to replacing humans, we accept the notion that we should keep the same scope, the same goals and the same level of ambition. But if we’d raise the bar and our expectations, we would still need every man on deck to achieve our new goals.
But it’s easy to fall back on the fact that AI is making the same thing but quicker. And therefore replacing humans with an AI would be better. But as I said, this is based on the expectation of the same level of result.
Instead of using AI to replace people, we use it as rocket fuel to our ambitions and raise the bar of the expected outcome of our work, to bring out the best in everyone. It’s like giving everyone a high-tech toolbox, enabling them to push their limits and explore new possibilities. From the treetops to the stars, right?
So from now on, whenever you see the debate of AI replacing humans, try to steer the conversation into AI amplifying humans and raising the bar of what’s possible. And by doing this we can’t have people going round unemployed. We need every last one of us to reach our new goals. By scaling up the scope, unemployment is not a possible route to the stars.