This is a guest post by Jeff Perry, MBA
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” ~ Stephen Hawking, as told to the BBC
Quotes like the above have the tendency to scare, intimidate, or get people up in arms about all the terrible and dangerous things about artificial intelligence.
And perhaps rightly so — there are so many unknowns we have to deal with, all while it is expanding and progressing at such a rapid rate. How could regulations, laws, and controls possibly keep up?
At the same time, there are realities we need to face. AI is here, and it’s here to stay. So how do we utilize it while also keeping at our core the things that humans can do that machines and computers can never really do — be emotional people?
Emotions Aren’t Bad
“Feelings are something you have; not something you are.” ~ Shannon L. Alder
I am an experienced emotional suppressor. For the majority of my life, I thought most emotions were bad, so I hid them and what I felt from the world, always putting on a happy face and showcasing what I thought others wanted to see.
Perhaps this served me for a time, but it got to the point where it caused me more problems than any benefits it gave me.
Emotions are meant to be shared with others, and doing so allows us to connect, build bonds, and create meaningful relationships that can only be done with other emotional creatures.
So now, my wife says she expects me to be a “sharer” of my emotions, and this has been a great thing for our relationship.
Additionally, I’ve found other people in my life whom I trust to open up to and be vulnerable with to share things I’m trying to work on and improve in my life. They give me love, support, and grace as I stumble through it all.
This ability to emote and feel the emotions of others (empathy) is good. It’s human. Sure, sometimes it can get us into trouble, but that’s all the more reason to learn more about it and embrace it rather than suppress it like I used to.