søndag 21. mai 2023

«I, Human» - a book review

Decisions about the direction in which humanity is heading shouldn’t be made on the basis of where artificial intelligence can take us.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is the Chief Innovation Officer at ManpowerGroup, a professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University, co-founder of deepersignals.com, and an associate at Harvard’s Entrepreneurial Finance Lab. 

In "I, Human," Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic presents a compelling argument against making decisions about the future of humanity solely based on the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI). With a thought-provoking blend of psychological insights and social analysis, Chamorro-Premuzic guides readers on a journey toward reclaiming our humanity in an increasingly automated world.

The author emphasizes the unique qualities that make us human: curiosity, adaptability, and emotional intelligence. He argues that these traits and virtues such as empathy, humility, and self-control are essential for maintaining our individuality and thriving amidst technological advancements.

Chamorro-Premuzic skillfully challenges readers to adopt a detached perspective on AI. By recognizing it as a tool designed to enhance predictability in human tasks, rather than an all-encompassing force, we better understand its implications for our lives. He astutely identifies three driving factors behind the ongoing social transformation: hyper-connectivity, the datafication of individuals, and the lucrative business of prediction.

"I, Human" sheds light on the potential consequences of this transformation. The author warns that humans risk becoming "boring" creatures, as our experiences are diluted, and our intellectual curiosity is satisfied by algorithms. Moreover, our ability to make decisions is undermined as machines increasingly take charge.

Combining profound insights with practical wisdom, Chamorro-Premuzic offers a timely guide for navigating the future. We can reclaim control over our lives by embracing our unique human qualities, nurturing our innate curiosity, and resisting the tendency to rely solely on machines.

Overall, "I, Human" is a thought-provoking and enlightening read. Chamorro-Premuzic's deep understanding of human psychology and his exploration of the social implications of AI make this book essential for anyone seeking to thrive in an increasingly automated world.

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