Don’t compete, just be more human, human

The Human Edge: How curiosity and creativity are your superpowers in the digital economy by Greg Orme

Book title: The Human Edge: How curiosity and creativity are your superpowers in the digital economy
Author: Greg Orme
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Ft Pr (US)
ISBN: 9781292267883
Price: RM69.90

Can we compete with artificial intelligence (AI)? Is our world becoming the world of cyborgs?

What will happen or what’s left of us if we cannot compete with AI? Are we going redundant with machines taking over our jobs?

These existential questions are becoming the most frequently asked questions today as the world is becoming more reliant on AI technology.

The questions are as relevant as can be as machines are already taking over human jobs in many fields, including those in the so-called high-skilled categories.

AI is certainly taking the world by storm and it’s a reality that humans are facing difficulty to keep up.

AI has become an integral part of our lifestyle and culture. It has both its pros and cons through its analysation as an advanced and emerging technology.

At workplaces, AI including automation have displaced many employees, replacing human arms and legs. In fact, just robots alone have made many humans redundant and unemployed.

With the continued advancement of AI, the very essence of what it means to be human is certainly becoming more challenging.

Apparently, there is no way humans can compete with AI. Robots and AI are here to stay, but so are humans. So, what’s next?

Innovation guru Greg Orme, who has delivered more than 350 talks to audiences around the world and a programme director at the London Business School, where he founded the Centre for Creative Business, says this does not mean the end of human in the job market.

He offers some practical and proven ideas how to succeed in the human-machine world.

He says whoever you are, you’ll soon begin to bump into AI pretty much every hour of your life and often you won’t even realise that’s what it is.

He says an app will raise you from your slumbers in the most optimal part of your sleep cycle. At breakfast, AI will arrange your day’s agenda, check the least-traffic-clogged route to work and suggest the headlines and social media gossip personally tailored for your interests.

In his book titled “The Human Edge: How Curiosity and Creativity Are Your Superpowers In The Digital Economy”, Orme, says if we develop our unique human powers, we can actually work in tandem with it, survive and thrive.

This book is divided into two parts — Part One touches on the human challenge and Part Two the human edge.

Being a former journalist, Orme makes the subject very accessible to his readers with his warm, chatty writing style.

In part one, he talks about why humans need to stop competing with, and start differentiating from, AI; how to distinguish ourselves from AI (and robotics humans); and how to embrace our creative potential.

In part two, he unveils the four Cs — consciousness, curiosity, creativity and collaboration — of basic human capabilities that could be enhanced to future-proof human for the challenging world of work and shows how to develop these skills.

He provides crucial and supportive shove in the right direction where he explores the skills humans need to survive and thrive in a world of AI.

His explanation clearly unveils how vital are the four Cs, which have been identified in his work with business managers and organisations across the globe, in creating the human edge.

He said instead of competing with AI, humans should be more human, human. How? By simply doing things that machines cannot.

He gives an insight on how finding motivational meaning unleashes the 4Cs and how to direct your creative energy in a distracted world.

Orme shows why humans need to catalyse their curiosity to learn faster than the world is changing and how to question everything to weaponise curiosity.

He also shares the importance of acquiring creative habit to make inspiration more likely and borrowing the secrets of creative superstars to have more ideas.

Orme explores ways to build a powerful network of human collaboraters and the need to constantly experiments to test your ideas to destruction — or greatness.

This book also offers some excellent, thought-provoking (and difficult) exercises and is a highly recom-mended read for anyone wanting to survive and thrive in the 21st century.