Never stop dreaming

Since I was a child I have always had the biggest dreams. I remember drawing dinosaurs and creating stories during class. It as all about a group of adventurers discovering new worlds. Our ship transformed into a submarine and allowed us to find new creatures.

Growing up, I imagined myself as an electromechanical engineer working with robotics at NASA. When I was finishing my school years, I decided I wanted to be a film director, just like Peter Jackson, capable of creating complex Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) worlds with unforgettable stories.

View from the Peace Revolution Meditation Retreat in Thailand

View from the Peace Revolution Meditation Retreat in Thailand

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But my life has turned into a better story. This year I published the Beat the Robots book. When I studying at university I created the biggest robotic contest. I still remember passing a lot of hours building my robot Asimov to pick up balls of different colors. Right now, I’m in Copenhagen learning about critical realism to understand more about the world around us, using my love for role-playing games and my desire to create new entertainment experiences.

Life is never as you dreamed. But if you enjoy your life and understand it, life becomes much better. This is the first out of six posts, which I will publish daily. In these articles, I will discuss the lessons I have learned until now from life and, most important, why I feel a lot of happiness while I write this post.

Sometimes while growing up, our parents, our teachers, our friends try to affect our own dreams. Most of the time they want the best for us, but as we discover in our life paths, only us can determine what is the best for each one of us.

I consider dreams to be the fuel to keep us pursuing a better life. Dreams could be the product of our wild imaginations or of our childhood years, influenced by what we watch, read, feel or hear.

We never stopped imagining ourselves in a different world, dimension or even planet, when we were kids. We had our imagination as our primary source of entertainment, but we loose it when growing up.

So, my dear friend, don’t lose it! Dream and you can get a lot of smiles. When I was a child I dreamed to live in India, such as The Beatles and Steve Jobs. Thank to a scholarship from the Indian Government (ITEC Fellowship program), I spent 8 weeks doing what I like. This experience gave me time to write, without pressure, without deadlines.

Join a group of innovators to find solutions to technological unemployment

The world needs new solutions to solve one of our pressing problems: Technological unemployment.

While some people still believe the market by itself will fix any problems or that technology will create more jobs and fix the market. There is also a big threat for millions around the world with the possibility of losing their jobs due to automation.

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Whose fault is if I’m kicked out of my job due to a robot?

I know, losing the job is always a terrible event in life, even if you hate it still is bad. Your manager just send you a letter (still they exist) telling you that the company decided to lay out you because they are in an automation process. You have been working a couple of years for the company, possible decades. Always on time, being as productive as possible, being as a great worker as people recognize you are. Never cheating on the company and sometimes working your ass off to meet some deadlines. But this news was unexpected, you have heard the news about people losing jobs due to robots, but never crossed your mind that you will be the one in the crossroads.

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Is Better to Ask for Forgiveness Than for Permission?

This quote is from a mentor I had years ago. He was the CEO of a big company who always wanted to share with the youth his secrets to enjoy life. I remember he had a big room in the house of his foundation and he call it: “Think Tank”.

All the white walls were written with phrases, quotes, sketches and many other ideas that he and his collaborators had during a meeting. He always asked us to sit down, see the wall, get inspired and keep our work.

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The anglo saxon solution towards Super Intelligence will not be enough for the world.

After watching some of the videos of the Asilomar 2017 conference hosted by the Future of Life Institute in January. A new concern raised in my line of thought, are our efforts enough for the challenge of the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) entity smarter than us (Humans)?

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Should we tax the robots as Bill Gates believes?

In an interview to Quartz, Bill Gates discussed about the possibility and necessity to establish a ‘Robot Tax’. Since robots are stealing human jobs, it is a necessity to compensate the net loss through the establishment of a new type of tax. Gates believes that this will slow down the adoption of robots at our workplaces and will help funding programs dedicated to reduce inequality. It was not clear where the tax should appear, maybe in the company’s income or maybe in the service of the robot (like every year) as some type of income tax?

There is a myriad of reactions from writers on these topics, from the ones praising the idea such as Ian Morris from Forbes as he writes: “What we should be left with are companies that can produce things, or offer services with much lower overheads. They can work robots at 100% capacity all the time – humans never get close to that – and the price of things will come down. Add on a universal basic income, funded from the robot tax, and every human will have a monthly payment that they use to live on.” To others believing is a bad idea as Leonid Bershidsky from Bloomberg who pointed out that the idea has been promoted by the French politician Benoît Hamon, candidate for the socialist party the presidency of the republique. The problem according to Bershidsky is that “French companies would have less incentive to innovate than their peers in other countries, making the French economy less competitive”.

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Will the robots help us to improve our Pareto principle of 80/20?

The Pareto principle states that 20% of our time when used effectively could lead to 80% of the results, therefore we can use the rest 80% to do more menial activities. This is the epitome of productivity and many authors like Tim Ferris believe we need to only work for four hours per week to produce the results we want. However, there is not even one billionaire who only works for a few hours per week, instead they are the ones that suffer a lot of health problems because they spend a lot of time working.

In an article written by Steve Palominio, the director of financial transformation at Redwood Software he believes that “Robots will empower finance professionals to switch to the 80/20 model, where 80 percent of time will be spent in analysis and just 20 percent on production”.

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Introduction: From the book Beat the Robots

This piece is part of the book Beat the Robots.

This is call for a better life. Yes, a call for your better life.

Maybe you feel the world is on a path of self-destruction. Maybe you think nothing can be done to save it from our own creations.

Maybe you have been fired from a job you liked, from a job you thought would give you the same level of security that your parents had. You thought that if you worked hard enough and dedicated your time to that job, you would be safe. But there isn’t a safe job anymore. The world is changing so fast that the elements you believed were permanent are now shadows from a glorious past.

Until the year 2000, working for a company was the safest, most stable path. Worries about the bills, mortgage, student loans, and a 401k have always been there, but the level of uncertainty regarding finding and keeping a great job is much higher today.

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The data addiction and the spark of life

The age of abundance makes us believe in the power of technology to solve all of the humans’ problems. Curing diseases using nanobots, preparing cellular regeneration to stop the aging process or modifying the genes of the crops to cultivate the food to feed everyone on the planet; these advancements make us trust almost blindly in technology as our best tool to enhance humanity.

However, this overconfidence in technology as “the savior” could also be our perdition, creating several problems:

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