Human evolution vs technological development: can we stay human?

September 19, 2018

The rapid development of Artificial Intelligence is forcing people to continuously adapt to a new status quo. Are humans able to keep up or will we lose sight of who we are?

Technological development endlessly creates new techniques, products, buzzwords, reorganisations, and opportunities. Change becomes a constant in everyone’s life; however, it is a complex concept. For people to step away from what's 'normal', and adapt to a new reality, both psychological and technological borders need to be crossed.

We have already massively adapted our behaviour. We are capturing all moments on camera, we are chatting via online tools rather than directly approaching our colleagues and instead of an experienced manager, data is the new decision-maker. What does it mean for our future role in society, when technology becomes even more present in daily life? Being human in the age of Artificial Intelligence, what will your behaviour look like?

Increasingly, AI-powered robots take over repetitive tasks, freeing the way for humans to do more humanlike jobs, involving empathy, creativity and interdisciplinary problem solving. Soon it might be realistic that robots perform empathetic tasks better than us. Will we be able to distinguish ourselves again and will we feel comfortable within this role? This raises questions about whether the way we work and consume is still our natural way of behaving, or if we are only acting in ways that the latest technology demands? Are you a Techno-Skeptic or Techo-Utopian?

Join our next #ShapingDigital that covers the role of human behaviour in a future where robots, people & AI work together. With contributions of Prof. Dr. Bob de Wit (Nyenrode University): "Humanity will come to an end if we do nothing now", and our own Shapers: "‘The very fact that AI is not limited in its growth offers amazing opportunities for societal progress".