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We are all time-travellers
In his message to the World Economic Forum, Professor Steven Hawking expressed his hope that in 2015 people in power will act. Not in the self-interest but out of common interest.
We are all time-travellers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.
Travel the Universe...
NASA announced its plan for humans to reach Mars in the 2030s. We are going boldly where no man has gone before.
...And Keep the Loved Ones Close
In the same address, Professor Hawking said: "I have spent my life traveling across the universe in my mind (...) I have sought to answer some of the great questions (...) "
It will be an empty universe indeed if it were not for the people I love, and who love me.
In September 2015, the world leaders approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to transform the world for the better.
Powerful AI Serving Humanity
According to some of the brightest minds shaping global policy, by 2025 the Artificial Intelligence will give us a bit of a breathing room after the avalanche of big data.
We Will Pursue Crazy Ideas
Elon Musk admitted, “I thought both Tesla and SpaceX would fail at the beginning.” Yet, he was crazy enough not to give up.
Disruption will no longer be the “thing” making billionaires and ruining industries. It will be simple the way to make the world a better place.
AI Will Help Humans Live a Good Life...
"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared...” (2015 Q&A session with Professor Hawking)
“...or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.” (idem)
Ensuring AI’s Competence
"The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence. A superintelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble. You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project, and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants.” (idem)
If We Start Now, We Won’t Be Ants
"There’s no consensus among AI researchers about how long it will take to build human-level AI and beyond, so please don’t trust anyone who claims to know for sure that it will happen in your lifetime or that it won’t happen in your lifetime. When it eventually does occur, it’s likely to be either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity, so there’s huge value in getting it right. We should shift the goal of AI from creating pure undirected artificial intelligence to creating beneficial intelligence. It might take decades to figure out how to do this, so let’s start researching this today rather than the night before the first strong AI is switched on.” (idem)
Apple Will (Hopefully) Fall
Those who know me well will think I’ve gone mad writing this. Especially, my friend Reza Ali, who said that resistance people will be wearing
We will not need campaigns like this one.
See the previous “...Or Not”. Most people can become miserably poor while the richest owning the “machinery” will become absurdly wealthy. As of 2015, 1% of the global population holds the 50% of global wealth. And the trend remains positive.
The Future of Financial Services
Right now it is a "David taking a slingshot at the Goliath” type of game. The WEF report seems to lean towards the shots reinforcing the Goliath’s armor. Luckily the developments happen too fast to be sure what the future will look like. Even luckier - we are here today thinking about it, already.
Even If You are in a Black Hole - Don’t Give Up
Remember what you learned about the black hole’s all-inclusive appetite. Even if the best and the brightest minds told us the world in 2030 will be one way or another - there is simply no way of knowing. The worst scenarios may turn out for the best. Because we are humans. And we have this incredible capacity to change our minds. Even the best scientists do that.
If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out
Stephen Hawking, August 23, 2015
The Time to Act is NOW
“To save the world we need everyone to tell everyone.”
The Mysteries Remain
In 2030, philosophers, will likely be the most in-demand profession. The time of coders, financiers, and philanthropists will (perhaps) come and go. Big data will be so big that the most useful skill would be the knowledge how to ask the right questions. And that has always been the job of philosophers. The lovers of wisdom. The funny guys who will happily drink a cup of hemlock if that meant anything for social justice and hope for humanity.
To illustrate this point, let’s ask a question.
Question: Dr Hawking, What is the one mystery that you find most intriguing, and why?
Answer: Women. My PA reminds me that although I have a PhD in physics women should remain a mystery.
Szymon Radziszewicz is a global development expert serving the governments, non-profits, donors, and simple people on all continents. After managing international affairs for a major national NGO in Europe, he moved to New York to spearhead a first of a kind global program for the accountancy profession. He frequently speaks at international conferences, workshops, and seminars on issues of globalization, international convergence, financial regulation, governance and social responsibility. He is a founder of Crito Consulting, Inc., a consultancy start-up committed to providing purposeful advice, adding value, and working together towards a better world for future generations. He enjoys giving back to community and volunteers time for several causes in his (current) hometown of Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with wife and two children.
If you are good in math, you will be able to notice the discrepancy between the post’s title and reality. And if you know anything about the game of soccer (or “football” for the rest of the world) you may understand the allusion. If you do, please send me a note.