In our previous article, Computers Extinct Human Intelligence 1/2, we shared our views about a significant message portrayed in the true story, Hidden Figures set in the 1960s, written by the writer and entrepreneur, Margot Lee Shetterly. It is fascinating story although based on truth, remained hidden until Shetterly exposed the reality in her book and the subsequent film. The story captures the career paths of three woman; each of them faced their own issues and dilemmas whilst they worked at NASA. Needless to say, if you have had the pleasure of watching the film (or reading the book) specific aspects may resonate with quite of few of us who may have experienced disappointment, resentment and even discrimination in the workplace.
No room for procrastination
We focused on one of the main characters, Dorothy Vaughan because she brought about significant changes for herself in the workplace and the lives of her team of workers. She was astute, had integrity and was aspirational. She could identify with the taste of injustice, yet persevered because her ultimate aim was to achieve success, based on her own merit. Dorothy was passionate about her role and made sure she was skilled enough to meet the demands of the technological changes that were scheduled to replace her and her co-workers - the 'human computers' of NASA. They had no time to waste. To make sure computers did not completely extinct human intelligence affirmative action was needed. Dorothy Vaughan in her quest knew what she had to do. To achieve success her timing was critical so there was no room for procrastination. She made the necessary sacrifices.
Can computers extinct human intelligence?
Fast forward to date, technology continues to be developed at a rapid pace. But, can computers really extinct human intelligence?Thirteen-year-old child genius Tanmay Bakshi, the worlds youngest IBM Watson programmer thinks that we are a very long way off from reaching what he describes as 'this singularity point' where computers replace humans. Rather, he believes that the technology is more about 'augmenting our life and amplifying our skills and capabilities'. Given your own experiences and what you already know, what do you think? Are you prepared to leave it to chance?
The growing expectation to work to 65 years and beyond
In reflection, we generally follow the 'traditional' pattern of going to school, college, university and building our careers - however, the difference today is the growing expectation to work to 65 years and beyond or worse 'work until you drop!' How unappealing - unless of course, you truly LOVE your job and are certain you won't be replaced by technology!
In addition, the general tide in the workplace is constantly shifting and workload can have a negative impact on our social interaction with our family and friends.
Take that leap of faith
Sometimes we need to take that 'leap of faith' and pursue our dreams. Each time a negative thought enters our mind we need to replace it with a mental picture of our goal. If that means studying in our own time or pursuing an ambition around our current circumstances - then we should do it!
We ALL need to think BIG and dream BIG especially if we want to escape the 'rat-race'. Ultimately, we should all aspire to build our own economy whether computers extinct human intelligence or not.