The Future

The Future

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3416-8.ch011
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As we learned in Chapter 10, we are in a new world of doing business. Now that we have transcended into the fifth industrial revolution and the third stage of AI, we are at a crossroads with our own humanity. Our soul and creativity are man's alone. We are the captains of how we protect and guide humanity. This chapter goes into the wonderful technology that we are on the forefront of bringing into fruition. However, it is also a warning and a message to remember what is most important to our species. We have the potential to create a new enlightenment.
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In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with the world that no longer exist. - Eric Hoffer

We are at an interesting time in the history of our planet. Our technology is moving at a faster rate than ever, and we have entered the Fifth Industrial Revolution. This is a time when Artificial Intelligence (AI) changes everything we know about the workforce, and creates even more turbulence. It is the time for disruptive leadership. As these changes take place, it is also the time when we need to focus on the creative economy. When moving into the next industrial revolution a heightened creativity and disruptive leadership will serve business and communities well. With this, our society will be prepared to excel in the sixth industrial revolution.

To succeed in these two new industrial revolutions an understanding of agility and absorption is important to have the resources so that we can move quickly and have the advantage of being able to see and implement new strategies and take advantage of new opportunities. Through heightened creativity, absorption and agility we will thrive. As with any struggle, perseverance will lead to a new modern enlightenment.

Elon Musk in 2014 warned us about artificial intelligence, saying it could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. The late Stephen Hawking feared the third stage of artificial intelligence might be the ruin of humankind. These deep concerns by Hawking were over superhuman artificial intelligence and its ability to replicate human intelligence processes. In other words, the ability to expand intelligence without human support. Hawking’s caution was over-thinking machines might modify themselves and independently design and build more capable systems.

At this time, humans would then be tragically outwitted. Hawking was one person who could have benefited from the advancement of artificial intelligence, which could have helped him cope with his neurological disease. However, Hawking wrote about the need for serious research to explore what impact AI would have on humanity, from the workplace to the military, where he expressed concerns about sophisticated weapons systems “that can choose and eliminate their own targets” (Molina, 2018). Hawking wrote, “Once such super human’s appear, there are going to be significant political problems with the unimproved humans, who will not be able to compete, and will most likely die out, or become unimportant. Instead there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving themselves at an ever-increasing rate” (Molina, 2018).

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