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“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” —Ginni Rometty In my previous post, I have briefly described the various advancement in AI technologies that have been happening the past few years and its potential implications on our future. Those advancement showed that AI technologies can potentially be so much better at pattern recognition, data collection and decision making than humans. However, don’t despair just yet. Many technology experts still believe that there are three areas that AIs still having trouble mastering: idea creation, large frame pattern recognition and complex communication. Let’s dissect those three skills further. Idea creation: In their book the Second Machine Age, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson said, “Ideation in its many forms is an area today where humans have a comparative advantage over machines. Scientists come up…

People are spending way too much time thinking about climate change, way too little thinking about AI.- Peter Thiel In my previous post, I described the problem with humanism and posed some questions that many technology experts around the world have been asking: What will happen once super machines became smarter than (faulty) human beings? What will the future looks like for human beings? Is there any hope for humans? This might sound new to many Indonesian; for we live in a developing country where technological developments are barely happening. However, just because technological advancements are not happening in our country, doesn’t mean it’s not important to us. Technological developments as I will explain later, will have global repercussions and will hit developing countries the hardest. Thus, let’s start by noting three significant AI breakthroughs that will have tremendous impacts on humanity.’s future AI defeating the best GO Player- GO…

“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.”- Stephen Hawking Three years ago, when I started this blog, I would never imagine that I would be writing an article about AIs and technological trends of the future. This was because I’m starting a blog about happiness and I don’t see how technology will significantly affect human happiness or fulfillment. Technology definitely made us more efficient and effective race; but it has little or no correlation to our happiness… until today. The rapid technological development that has been happening the past few years have changed my position on the subject and compelled me to write this post. I no longer see technology as a mere tool that will make our tasks easier, but a potential threat to human happiness and well-being, if…

“Information is not knowledge.”- Albert Einstein The information revolution that the Internet has ushered into our lives has brought so much good to the world. Information is no longer hoarded by few powerful individuals and people have now the means to educate themselves, gain insights into what’s happening in the world and change their lives in the process. However, this democratization of information have also brought various problems: hoax, piracy, responsibility, racial disharmony, riots and the biggest one: differentiating good information and necessary information. Let me break down the problem for you: Human have very limited attention span. There is so much information out there, and all of it sounded urgent, important and personal.  We try to consume those information faster, and as a result, we forgot why we consume those information in the first place: To gain new insights, or as Albert Einstein like to put it, to gain…

“Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life”- Chris Guillebeau The great psychiatrist, Victor Frankl once said, “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” In other words, one of our most important task as a human being is to answer this question “How do we want to live our life?” Because the answer to that question will help us find what makes your life worthwhile, and how to prioritize our lives. Answering this question is important because in a world full of entertaining distractions (Game of Thrones, Avengers Endgame, Mobile Legends and Instagram stories), it is really hard to focus on what matters…

“ The idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place. ”- Mark Manson One of the most thought-provoking revelation about human desire is that the fulfillment of it, takes away every ounce of happiness and meaning it promises.  To put it in simpler terms, the fulfillment of desire creates an empty vacuum that should be replaced by another (usually bigger) desire. According to Psychologist, Dan Gilbert, this is caused by our mind ‘s emotional homeostasis system- an emotional regulatory system that constantly neutralize our extreme emotions. This is why heartbreaks don’t feel as painful as time goes by. This is why lottery winners’ joy doesn’t last long. This is also why the happiness we get from fulfilling certain desires does not last long. So if fulfilling a…

“Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones.”- Plato. The pursuit of desire is a very tricky subject. Too much and it will burn you with obsession, too little and you will not get what you want. How many times have we seen one man’s or woman’s obsession to achieve something great end up hurting them? These people sacrificed their health, family, friendships, happiness on the altar of success; believing that eventually, the end will justify the means, but they ended up miserable, lonely and sad… Or consider the old cynics who live a very sedentary lifestyle, asking you why you worked so hard to achieve X when everything you do will eventually be pointless. As annoying as those people sounded, they are actually pretty spot on on this subject.…

“There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”- Ryan Holiday. What usually cause a situation to turn into a problem is our perception, or to put it simply, the way we see the situation. Our perception colors our emotion, and as a result, it eventually affect our whole decision making process. With the wrong perception, we can make mountains out of molehills, fear something that doesn’t actually exist and worry about things that we have little control over. For example, if we see our colleagues snide remarks and curt response as a form of personal attack, we will probably look for ways to return the attack and escalate the conflict. We become embittered and pass on those negative feelings to people around us. But if we held back our judgement and…

Almarhum Steve Jobs memiliki sebuah kebiasaan yang sangat buruk waktu ia menjabat sebagai CEO Apple: Ia sering membuat deadline ‘tidak mungkin’ yang membuat tim teknisinya tertekan, frustasi, dan hampir gila. Contohnya, di tahun 2005, ia memberikan tim teknisinya waktu dua minggu untuk menciptakan sebuah “visi untuk software” IPhone pertama Apple. Ia mengancam bahwa ia akan memberikan tugas ini ke orang lain jika mereka tidak bisa menyelesaikan tugas tersebut dalam tenggat waktu yang sudah ia tetapkan. Walaupun teknisi-teknisi itu mengutuki Steve Jobs seperti seorang rapper dan bekerja seperti orang kesetanan, mereka berhasil melakukan yang tidak mungkin. Mereka menciptakan desain software Iphone pertama dalam waktu dua minggu… Di bukunya 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene menuliskan tentang sebuah fenomena yang disebut “death ground” – fenomena ini terjadi saat sebuah pasukan terdesak, tidak bisa lari, dan tidak punya pilihan lain selain memenangkan pertempuran. Pasukan-pasukan ini akan menjadi lebih kuat dan bahkan seringkali, tidak…