“Social media platforms are designed to manipulate our behaviour, keeping us hooked and constantly seeking validation. We need to reclaim our attention and use it mindfully.”
Tristan Harris 2023
Looking at history via animation reminds us that we are living in an insane anomaly. Technology as a ‘tool’ has underpinned rising living standards, new cures for diseases and other blessings.
But this animation also illustrates, alarmingly, that we’ve now crossed the technological threshold, where we have the power to destroy ourselves ironically through the
democratisation of tech. (Elon Musk)
This democratization of technology is truly remarkable, yet it carries a profound dark side. It has become alarmingly easy to create pathogens with the potential to claim the lives of millions, if not billions, of people. We ‘lost’ our first contact with AI the ‘curation’ phase.
“Animation offers an unparalleled medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world. It is a means of expressing our feelings, our emotions, and our imaginations.”
Walt Disney 1953
Our own ingenuity has propelled us into an unprecedented realm, uncharted and uncertain.
Regrettably, there is no dedicated administration tasked with overseeing these matters, nor is there substantial allocation of resources to address these concerns. We find ourselves in a state of denial, wading through the shallows of decadence and superficiality. (Matthew Syed)
Life, with its beauty and preciousness, represents a fleeting illumination of existence before we fade into an infinite night. We possess the intelligence required to confront the dangers that lie before us, but do we possess the wisdom? The challenge is that ‘our emotional makeup harkens back to the Palaeolithic era, our institutions lag behind those of the medieval period, and yet our technology has reached god-like proportions’. (E.O. Wilson).
And what began that entire rant? Animation which conveyed complex if not incoherent and incomprehensible information in a crisp and relatable way.
Here’s the call to action folks…
“We need to be asking ourselves some hard questions about the impact of technology on our lives, our relationships, and our societies. We need to be proactive in shaping the future we want to create, rather than simply reacting to the latest technological developments.”
Cybersecurity Risks: The rapid advancement of AI technology also brings new cybersecurity challenges. A report by Capgemini in 2023 highlighted that 69% of organizations surveyed had experienced an AI-related breach in the past year.
Job Displacement: The Future of Jobs Report 2023 by the World Economic Forum Geneva, Switzerland, 1 May 2023 – suggests that almost a quarter of jobs (23%) are expected to change in the next five years. According to the estimates of the 803 companies surveyed for the report, employers anticipate 69 million new jobs to be created and 83 million eliminated among the 673 million jobs corresponding to the dataset, a net decrease of 14 million jobs, or 2% of current employment.