We’ve learned to share knowledge to help our “tribe” thrive as a species that depends on communication and teamwork for survival. Ever since we invented our first technology of language, we’ve been inventing tools that have evolved us through four major societal changes.
From weapons of the hunters and gatherers, to equipment that allowed us to settle and grow our food, to the systems that brought us through the industrial revolution, and the digital explosion that opened the gates to massive information sharing and virtual businesses, we’ve seen an eruption in productivity and quality of life.
But we ain’t seen nothing yet. As we enter the fifth major social change, we will combine our own thinking with A.I, real-time data and the power of the crowd. Having a digital layer over everything we think, see and touch can be overwhelming to consider.
Many are afraid that AI will take away so many jobs that we will be forced into a jobless, purposeless civilization. But what if we saw this as an opportunity to give us more of what we truly want to do by removing the mundane tasks that have taken the majority of our time away from a full life of meaning and purpose.