Manageengine My Gums Were Bleeding

In the beginning of 2010, I was all fired up, and this was partly because I had recently been on a course. When I was on this course, I met some great people, and I wrote down some of the things that I wanted to achieve.But after the days and weeks passed, my mood gradually changed; in a way, it was as if I had a suntan that was wearing off. For one thing, I was no longer around the same people, and this made it harder for me to feel the same way.Down On PaperNot only this, it became clear that it would take a while for me to achieve what I wanted to achieve. On what I think was the last day of the course, we had the chance to write down our goals, and one of the things I wrote down was for me to have my own website.This would be somewhere where I would offer coaching or healing. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do; I just knew that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.

Back to RealitySo, as this wasn’t going to happen overnight, I came to see that I would have to get a ‘normal’ job. I imagine my experience was similar to how people feel when they come back to their home town after they have been travelling, or how someone would feel if they had to go from a top of the range car to a small economy car.I was devastated, but I had to find something that would give me the financial support that I needed in order to keep my dream alive. I soon found somewhere to work, and what helped was that the manager was someone who I got on with.A Loss of FreedomWhat didn’t help was that I was no longer in control of my own time – I had to live my life around a rota. I remember going into work one day and thinking “what is going on”, I felt as though my dream was over.When I was on the course, it seemed that I was very close, and now it was as if I was a million miles away from where I wanted to be. I felt incredibly angry about it, but rarely did I show how I felt.It All Built UpMy body soon revealed what was taking place within me, though, as my gums started to bleed. Initially, I don’t think that I knew what was going on, and this caused me to experience a fair amount of anxiety.Fortunately, the course I had just been on went into the emotional underpinnings of just about every physical ailment. I ended up looking through the book that I was given, and I soon came to see that this was due to the anger I had been experiencing.

It All Worked OutThis continued to take place for a number of months, and then I think I gradually settled down. Luckily, this was not something that had a lasting effect on my gums.I did have a website at this time, but I soon came to the conclusion that the name was no longer relevant. This was a time when I described myself as transformational coach, and this was because the guy who taught the course used the word ‘transformational’ to describe what he did.I thought that it sounded good, but after a while I stopped using this description, and this gave way to ‘transformational writing’. This website was launched at the end of November 2011.

Artificial Intelligence and Our Humanity

We hear and read about it everywhere these days.

You hear people saying, “The future is now.”

“We have to give way to technology.”

“We’ll be better off and live better lives (maybe not even work) if we let AI do it.”

Yes, technology is here, and we are living at the dawn of the age of AI, and it’s a topic that we’ve seen and heard a lot more about this year.

I wonder what the opportunities will be for the average person. You know, the person who is not the founder of Facebook, Google or Amazon, which have placed such high barriers to entry that it will be rare for companies to break into that stratospheric league.

What’s Going to Happen with Humans?

Do you wonder what’s going to happen to the average person? AI are taking over customer service, writing, design, sales, law, and medicine. As a businessman and social entrepreneur, the reality is that if you’re looking at things in a purely bottom-line manner, using AI could make a whole lot of sense. They never get sick. They work 27/7/365. They never stop and can indeed produce more than any human can–in a lifetime. From a pure dollars and cents perspective, AI can make a lot of sense.

But then you have to wonder about the broader implications of AI, and I sense that society has not even started to get its head around the implications. If you pay even a little attention to the news, then you know that a few months ago Facebook engineers shut down and pulled the plug on AI that decided on its own to go ahead and develop a new language. It was more efficient for them to get the work done, but humans did not understand. It seems that the language was basic, but what happens if the AI had not been shut down? Would they have developed a highly sophisticated way to communicate and operate that completely excised human?

I agree that technology can be beneficial to society. I think most people would agree that we’d prefer to send a bot into a dangerous situation, say war, rather than ask our men and women to put their lives on the line. I think there’s something to be said for the rapidly expanding role of robotics in medicine. For example, the fact that we’ve started to print human organs with 3D is a significant advancement, and we have to hope that many lives will be saved.

The Deeper Issues Related to AI

My concern as I dig deeper into the issue of AI is what the implications are for the human race, and yes, that even includes how we in the philanthropic sector connect with each other and with the world we serve. As I noted in the previous article I wrote, the Partnership on AI, which is a collaborative effort between mega-companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and leading non-profits such as UNICEF and Human Rights are trying to lead the conversation about the implications of AI in all of our lives.

If you tune in even a little bit into the conversation about AI, you know that we have to deal with many issues, including some of the following:

Safety: We don’t want to be in a situation where AI is created, and it is not obligated to protect human life.
Transparency: We had the recent situation with Facebook where they shut down AI, but who rules (government or business) when someone says “Houston, we have a problem”?
Labor and the Economy: Whose responsibility is it to train people as AI develops and what will their work functions be in light of a much more powerful AI partner? Will people even have jobs?
Society: For communities around the world, which certainly includes nonprofit and philanthropic work, what will be the impact of AI on philanthropy, education, charitable work, science, private/public partnerships, etc.

The reality seems to be apparently developing that there are few areas–if any–that AI will not touch.

Humanity’s Competitive Advantage

When I read about issues related to AI, I think of one thing–humanity. I believe we all have to get into the conversation now about the implications of AI. I’m someone who likes and values people precisely because we are imperfect. There is a lot of prose and poetry in the human condition. AI cannot love, demonstrate courage, hope, dream, feel fear, etc.

In my mind, those qualities are what makes humans so much better than AI. Our values are our competitive advantage in comparison to AI. There is something intrinsic within people (some call it a soul or spirit, others connect the scientific dots of all the elements that make up our brains, hearts, and bodies) that makes us unique, and yes, even exceptional.

We have a serious conversation that has to take place about AI, but it involves all humans, and we have to pay attention before we have a situation we did not bargain for in the age of technology.

The Path for Humanity as it Greets AI

In many ways, I hope that AI begins to break down the things that divide us and that we discover that as humans, we are all the same. We are. Take away the issues of money, race, religion, gender and everything else; we all bleed red.

We all hurt.

We all hope.

We all dream.

The way I see it, the time is now for humanity. It can be our finest hours at the dawn of a new age–provided we all get out of our own way and engage in a global dialogue about humanity in the age of AI.