Automation Makes Humans Dumb

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Computers aren’t taking away all the jobs done by talented people. But computers are changing the way the work gets done. And the evidence is mounting that the same de-skilling effect that ate into the talents of factory workers last century is starting to gnaw away at professional skills, even highly specialized ones. Yesterday’s machine operators are today’s computer operators….If we let our own skills fade by relying too much on automation, we are going to render ourselves less capable, less resilient and more subservient to our machines. We will create a world more fit for robots than for us.

What can we do to maintain a world with a tech/nature balance? Learning how to effectively make the two work together is a good start. We’re already doing that with exciting new biotechnologies and sustainable city planning. How to we infuse nature into the more dominant tech trends like automation and mobile devices?

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