Getting prepared for AI future

October 02, 2018 11:58
A growing number of human jobs are being taken over by machines. Photo: Reuters

Two new books about artificial intelligence (AI) came out recently.

One is Lee Kai-Fu’s AI Superpowers, which discusses what this technological revolution means for everyone, and China's potential to win in the AI era.

The other one is 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by best-selling author and historian Yuval Noah Harari. His earlier works, Sapiens and Homo Deus, shed light on human civilization and the future of humans.

In his latest book, Harari outlines three main challenges for mankind: information technology (big data and AI), biotech and environmental degradation.

Harari writes about the problems we are facing today, such as human jobs being taken over by machines and growing geopolitical tensions.

Both books highlight the fact that humans are now at the crossroads of a new era. The future represents both opportunities and challenges.

I believe the spirit of entrepreneurship will become increasingly important. People must be able to develop their critical thinking and adapt to the changing environment.

Our willingness to step out of our comfort zones and learn from our mistakes and failures will help us prepare for the future.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Sept 28

Translation by Julie Zhu

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