Humility And The New Smart

Humility And The New Smart

Imagine you were living during the days of Thomas Edison. He invents the light bulb, then electrical currents are installed in streets, then into businesses, then homes. Now you can have light in your home.

Can you imagine walking into a house that had electricity for the very first time?

The hum and the whir of the transistors. The crackle of the lighting flying through the wires to ignite an incandescent light bulb. It would have been exhilarating. And you would have been scared to death.

Apply this same thought process to what’s happening with computer (machine) learning today. It’s commonly known as AI—artificial intelligence.

Robots, computers, machines will be taking all of the rote, autonomous jobs and more in the coming era. If you’ve seen the movie I, Robot, then you’ll have a good idea of what this may look like.

Being smart will no longer mean what it means today. Being smart won’t be memorizing facts and being able to sort through knowledge and data faster than your classmates. A computer will obliterate any patterns or algorithms your mind could process.

But, AI cannot do the intangibles—emotional intelligence.

Ed Hess wrote in Harvard Business Review, "The new smart will be about trying to overcome the two big inhibitors of critical thinking and team collaboration: our ego and our fears. Doing so will make it easier to perceive reality as it is, rather than as we wish it to be. In short, we will embrace humility. That is how we humans will add value in a world of smart technology.”

Humility is challenging because it isn’t something you can just assume or put on. That’s called false humility, when you give the appearance of being humble, but for an underlying motive.

True humility comes from who you are, what you believe, and what your purpose is in life.

There’s a famous proverb that says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Isn’t it ironic that all these years later and the AI revolution is showcasing the value of humility. We write about this a lot, but it’s valuable to ask yourself regularly: who are you and who are you becoming?

Smart doesn’t mean what it used to.

(photo via thomas hawk)