3 reasons why being human is hip

Machines are taking part in our lives: autonomous cars drive across our highways, a device performs heart surgery and other complex tasks which we never imagined.

It’s uncomfortable to see that the portrayal of robots is better than humans in films like Age of Ultron and Ex Machina. Technology has made our lives more accessible in the past hundred years, and we live like sorcerers. We didn’t have a tiny device in our hand back in the day that could bring us food within 20 minutes. All knowledge in the world is in the palm of your hand.

In the future, a robot can do everything a person can do, but for which tasks would we rather interact with other people?

  1. Human interaction is essential

Manufacturing jobs have declined significantly in the last 20 years, while the industrial revolution created jobs. Machines replace these jobs. In the Netherlands, a car plant closed several times, and the number of people working there has also declined. Jobs, where the human interaction is high, have increased in numbers, such as teachers, doctors, and service-related jobs.

  1. Skills are less important, than your personality
Today the left-brain tasks are valuable, such as coding, analyzing, and writing. Computers are all tasks today and will become less important for people to excel in. Employees’ top priority is building relationships, teams, and creativity – right-brain activities.
  1. People work together on a collective goal

Goals change, making it hard for a computer to solve problems without input from people. Additionally, several organizational stakeholders have different interests but need to solve complex problems.

These three reasons are not theories. With a changing economy, we need to reevaluate using human resources. Learning social behavior is different from maths, which means some people can adapt better than others.

Empathy is essential

“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.”- Stephan Covey

Empathy is most important, but that emotion has been declining since 2000. Research by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology describes that social media and reality TV make us behave more narcissistically.

Before automation and the industrial revolution, we all worked on farms, and before that, we were hunters and gathers. The coming 25 years will be shifting into a new economy that focuses on human interaction. So don’t worry, but make sure you move into an irreplaceable job and don’t watch too much TV or check your timeline.

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Cindy Crijns

My passion is combining technology and marketing to reach potential clients & retain current customers. Specialities: B2B, B2C, SMB, Social media, demand generation, brand management, analytics & customer insight.

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