We are currently in a transition period that is working towards the co-existence of humanity and technology. Instead of technology replacing humanity, we need to recognise how the relationship between the two is not as distinct as we might think, and also the ways in which technology can facilitate human connection.
Therefore, choosing the ‘humanity over technology’ philosophy will only encourage digital transformation and innovation, as opposed to preventing it.
The human skills first philosophy
The humanity over technology philosophy fundamentally puts humanity first – and yet it doesn’t have to be one or the other. While technology has brought us new information, better news coverage and more insightful opinions, it has also divided us. It has created an ever-increasing disparity between the rich and the poor.
There are also ever-growing debates over “‘digital pollution’, data sovereignty, abusive data mining, social media’s manipulation of the democratic process and algorithmic bias.”
Does our interaction with technology have to be this way? Is the constant dehumanizing of data and relationships an integral part of our future?
The reasoning behind humanity & technology
Humanity can co-exist with technology and, in fact, grow from it. Yet often we instead let it become ostracizing. By choosing humanity over technology, we’ll create what Gerd Leonhard calls ‘The New Renaissance.’ We are constantly shown two ideas of digital transformation: the Utopia and the Dystopia.
The reality, Leonhard points out, isn’t so distinct.
To create this harmony between humanity and technology, we need to emphasise automation and efficiency in technology, while also nurturing human skills, such as empathy and leadership. This is one area where robots can’t overtake or replace us any time soon, and it will be a vital part of the digital-human relationship.
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