The lecture deals with some of the main issues we all face nowadays, including:
Is your profession about to disappear?
This is Mary Smith, photographed on a London street in 1930. She worked in a profession that once existed - a "knocker-upper." In a world where alarm clocks were unreliable, these were people who used sticks, threw rocks, or shot dried peas at windows and doors to wake people up. That profession has disappeared and seems absurd today.
What are the chances that our own professions will seem equally absurd in just a few years' time?
If you're a football referee, for example, you have a serious problem. Once, all eyes were on you and your decisions. Today, you are forced to run to TV screens to double-check your calls. In the decisive moments of the game, you have to depend on the monitor's superior vision compared to your own limited human eyesight.
A tennis umpire faces even bigger issues. During the most important points, they boldly call balls "In!" or "Out!". This goes on until a player disagrees and contests the call. At that moment, the umpire's opinion becomes irrelevant - the technology will make the final ruling. The umpire is no longer the sole decision-maker - they now serve as a senior deputy to the real referee, the intelligent machine.
300 million jobs worldwide are inimmediate danger due to artificial intelligence (and 25% of all jobs inIsrael).
Who is the big winner in the new world of work?
A. A person who fears and avoids uncertainty.
B. A person who contains uncertainty.
C. A person who strives for and thrives on uncertainty.
D. All the above.
(Hint: the answer’s C)
Our ability to progress and succeed is closely connected to our capacity to welcome uncertainty and change, since they will happen frequently.
Those who don't embrace change and uncertainty will work for those who do. However, both will end up working for someone else - those who are energized and empowered by uncertainty.
85% of workers worldwide are not emotionally engaged at their workplace.Only 15% feel connected to their work and do more than the bare minimum to getthrough the day!
We've been taught to seek a small, "modest" goal for ourselves, and not aim too high. But the opposite is true. Those with small goals become self-centeredand self-absorbed, while those with big goals transcend themselves in service of something greater.
But it doesn't stop there: Those with big goals also have endless, almost inexhaustible, motivation and energy. People with small goals burn out much faster. We'll discuss the amazing story of Jacinda Ardern, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, one of the heroes in Dr. Eyal Doron's new book "People to Learn From". At age 17, she set her big goal - to make New Zealand the best place in the world to raise children. A country promoting empathy and equality for all who live there. When Jacinda had just become Prime Minister, her goal was put to the test after a horrific mass shooting on two mosques in Christchurch took the lives of 51 Muslim worshipers. Jacinda responded with both ironclad resolve and profound empathy - within 3 weeks she outright banned (!) semi-automatic firearms. She covered funeral costs for the victims, regardless of immigration status. She toured the grief-strickencountry offering condolences, exuding exceptional compassion, and emerged as one of world’s seminal leaders. Through her story, we'll learn together the special power of big goals, and how they propel us to engage with reality in phenomenal ways.
The lecture will focus on what we must do now in the face of rising intelligent machines, circling back to big goals,self-reflection, and creative thinking. We'll discuss how to take advantage of unprecedented opportunities to become irreplaceable - as human beings, managers, and organizations.