Ed Hess is one of my favorite business thinkers in the area of entrepreneurship. I first learned of him during a time when I was watching videos on Youtube on a regular basis (it was a 3-month period). The video presentation, So You Want to Start a Business, was well delivered in which he got to the point of business. You have a product or service and people buy from you why? It is a thought-provoking question that leads you to consider if your business is the right one to embark on.
Recently, Ed Hess had a message of a more global nature. He writes in a Forbes.com article, 21st Century Smart: Staying Relevant In The Artificial Intelligence Age, about the qualities people will need to thrive in a world where machines do many of the jobs past generations took for granted. The article helped me answer a question I have been pondering for a few years.
It begins with an interpretation of Aristotle. It is understood by several readers of Aristotle that his recipe for a happy life, a good life is intellectual contemplation. I accept that and the reason is that contemplation is at the root of inward transformation that leads to greater outcomes. That is where the machines come into the conversation.
Precision in the background enabling a greater nuanced life in the foreground.
The advance of great machines is the opportunity of a civilization. We, living our lives, have the chance to transform ourselves in a way that creates greater wealth, knowledge, commonly experienced prosperity, stability, and health. With the right decisions, machines are an element that foster the kind of conditions achievements of an abstract nature. A furthering of contemplative dispositions that are realistically useful modes of engagement that work in a cycle of exchange between people in a way that sustain a generally productive condition.
I encourage consideration of Ed Hess’ article. It contains the kind of road map of interpersonal and introspective evolution that is unquestionably healthy and good. It is not a silver bullet, nor is Aristotle’s vision. They are more related to the Blue Ocean way of seeing things than the Red Ocean methods of the day. A pattern of life in which competition is constructive rather than relentlessly destructive leaning more towards healthy collaboration. It is entirely idealistic, but there is an opportunity for the rise of machines to enable it.
When I take in the entire message that Ed Hess puts out, I see a different way for a person to function. Rather than defer to a systematic model, running on autopilot, a person is more engaged with their life at an abstract level. The triggers to consider more things at a holistic level may be implicit but more abundant in the environments of the future. That could lead to a reality of a more sublime kind. The value to those who live in that time could be immense.