“Humans aren’t built to work perfectly or at maximum efficiency, we’re built to do things creatively.”
It reads: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
There will come a time when the majority of our work will be obsolete because the majority of our work will probably be done by Artificial Intelligence, by machines; machines which only mess things up about 1 / 1 billionth of the time, if that. We, as humans, can’t live up to that standard. During the industrial revolution, we re-orientated our collective conscious from being the creative human beings we are to becoming efficient, fast, perfect machines. The reality of it is this: we were merely standing in until the real machines came, and they are coming soon. The recent developments of AI are soon to create exponential growth in the technological realm, but this is not my point. My point is that we should not try to beat the machines because we were never designed to.
Imagine if we were as good at being machines as we wanted. You could say goodbye to the Olympics, to all the art galleries, to sculptures and architecture, you could say goodbye to Vinyl. Why? Because it’s all human. It all has flaws, and it all possesses something the machines can’t provide, creativity. The ability to meld together all our experiences and knowledge into new knowledge and experience. All machines are defined by boundaries, every piece of a computer has to make logical sense, but humans are far from logical beings, and that’s our advantage, that’s what we bring to the table.
We love to watch the Olympics because we get to watch humans do something creative. Every couple years we get to see what our race has drummed up, what new things can we do with our bodies. But just imagine watching the world chess championships being played by two computers, it would be absolutely perfect, and it would be absolutely dull.
At the moment I am stepping in for someone on a farm, making paperwork. I get it right most of the time, but sure enough, I’ll make a mistake on something, because I’m doing a job which I was not built for, I am doing a machine’s job. I am soon moving onto U of T campus with my beautiful wife where I plan to study full time, coach, and play on the squash team there. I am excited for the next four years, and to be creative in so many new ways. I suggest we all take a look at our current work position and ask ourselves, could a machine do what I do? If the answer is yes, maybe you ought to find something more human.
And if you happen to find yourself in a position where you can do your job in a creative way, doing human work, for other humans, consider how lucky you are. Many people don’t have the luxury of being human for most of their day. I encourage us all to look to do things in a more human way, shifting away from doing things faster, more efficiently, and more perfectly, and looking to things creatively, and with love and care.