But you probably can’t change them.
The love and kindness you receive as a child
Can sustain you for a lifetime.
When you hear someone criticise something,
See if they’ve actually tried it themselves.
We are led to think most
About the least important things.
Not because ‘they’ want to distract us from anything in particular, no.
Because this way makes the most advertising money.
‘The Invisible Hand’
Ensures a certain level of obliviousness.
Years of psychological studies teach us that:
The more selfies you take,
The worse of a person you are.
Almost everything you know to be right and wrong
Is context specific.
Here’s a dilemma we already face
(…in opening stages, at least)
Making your own decisions independently
Allowing your decisions to be guided by AI.
Many of us already depend on AI to make decisions
Arguably, lower stakes decisions
What media to consume next*
As AI gets better at making suggestions
Where (…if at all)
Will you draw the line?
Will you let it guide you on the more important decisions?
What partner to choose?
What career to follow?
Who to vote for?
What to believe?**
Such AI-guided decisions will be better decisions
Because AI will know you
Better than you know you.
Put another way
Would you rather make your own decisions?
Would you rather make better decisions?
*Arguably a high stakes decision: – your values can be shaped by your media consumption. Consider the Youtube ‘rabbit hole’- which has a hole on the other side from which you emerge, fully radicalised.
**See asterisk one.
We often create problems
That we’re incapable of solving
Unable to recognise.
This is one of life’s great inequities:
Those who create the problem
Often aren’t the best people
To solve the problem.
That burden falls to others.
In some cases (…and for particularly difficult problems) this is intergenerational.
For example, we must solve problems
Created by people who are long gone.
You and I will create quandaries today
For our distant descendants to deal with.