Two months ago, my views on LinkedIn spiked nearly 2,000 percent. Why? I posted about reading and receiving two books from a couple of well-known influencers and authors – Brigette Hyacinth and Shane Snow – the first of whom we’ll talk about today.
Thinking back as I write this, I should have added an interview Q & A, but in my eagerness just wanted to share my thoughts on her book. Ah well, next time!
Before we begin, a shout out to her for following me. Don’t you just love it when someone puts their money where their mouth is, so to speak? Me, too! And now without further adieu….
The Future of Leadership – Rise of Automation, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence is a cautionary tale of finding the balance between accepting the rise of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence, and remaining human. Using our moral compass, the book portends, we can navigate this fourth industrial revolution with aplomb. The caution within stresses misguided novelties and the ever-present profit before people may be a self-fulfilling prophecy of fearing this new digital world, and that unchecked, it just may take over.
At 288 pages coupled with large print, it is easily read and understood. I just read a review that said otherwise, but I must beg to differ. I thought it timely and spot on as we navigate this new(er) world of machine. We’ve imagined the fallacies in a myriad of movies, think Minority Report, The Matrix, even Star Wars, and yet its the impetus of Star Trek which shows us the possibilities should we come to truly understand and coexist – human and robot – in our digital world.
Recommended reading for those in leadership positions, those seeking leadership positions, governments, inventors, innovators, and anyone interested in the human side of the rise of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
If you’re just tuning in and skimming articles as you sip your coffee and begin your day, today’s book review is the second in a once per month Book Review Week at Writing in the Fast Lane. A mix of fiction and nonfiction, I hope it either spurs you to read one of these books for yourself and share your thoughts or consider how you might use the information in your day-to-day lives. If it takes only one person to spark change, what change could you make?
These are not in-depth reviews only written in broad strokes with an eye toward letting other readers decide for themselves.
With the little time we have in our days, I’ve left the best for last. Besides, haven’t you heard? We’re more apt to retain the last thing we read, so with that in mind, read the quote below and savor the taste.
I’ll leave you with a final word from the author to think about as we glue ourselves to our laptops and mobile phones under the guise of productivity.
“I understand and respect the democratic and ethical life stance of humanism, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. But regarding humans, and our growing fascination with altered states, we must give pause to the allure of playing God through technology.” ~page 145 – The Future of Leadership – Rise of Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence, Brigette Tasha Hyacinth
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