The Managers dilemmas: Machines should help humans to make decisions

Kay Kurzweil believes we will reach “Technological singularity”, a moment in history when the intelligence of the machines surpasses the human intelligence. During this path towards singularity, managers must consider several dilemmas to be more effective and to take advantage of machines; here are they:

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Leveraging the power of technology to strengthen the human capabilities

I created a business simulation game for “business management students”. During four months, a hundred and twenty students played in a weekly basis. They made decisions based on two indicators: ROI (Return on Investment) and Happiness level (Based on the Best place to work indicators). It was an unraveling experience for everyone because they change their mindset. From deciding solely on financial basis to understand the unique characteristics of human contribution on the company. At the end of the game, I crowd sourced answers for some of the questions of the Drucker Society with the objective to leverage technology, and here are their top five areas identified by them:

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Preparing millennials for the future & boosting their lives with technology

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. Peter Drucker

With technology´s advent, the borders are diluting into cyberspace and each person is transforming into its own brand. The mission of the new generation is to change themselves in order to shape the world. Based on Drucker’s “Managing Oneself” I have found some key elements that millennials could take into consideration to achieve this:

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To want, to work and to relax

The monks will tell you that it is necessary to grow out of being a slave of your desires. They eat for the sole purpose of feeding their bodies. And that’s right for them, because they choose to live happily with that premise. For other people who are not monks, desires are part of our essence. And it is by learning to control them that we can enjoy them in a mindful way.

So, if we enjoy good food, that’s great. The problem arises when we eat too much or forget other areas of our life just to feed that desire for good food. Finding the equilibrium in life is key.

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The power of technology

Checking the latest news, watching YouTube, reading the works of many authors, chatting with dozens of people around the world, playing my favorite videogames in my free time, and reading hacking manuals on the web. These were part of my daily life activities a couple of years ago. I was the social media consultant for a stock exchange firm and my career was growing very fast after launching a startup and creating other business units for developing Iphone apps.

However, a key element of my life lacked in that moment; I felt I was having success in my career, but I was always asked myself if I abandoned my vision due to the technicalities of daily life. Until one day, a friend told me about a life changing experience and motivated me to apply. At the beginning, it sounded like a crazy idea, to abandon everything and embark into a mission to rediscover myself.

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From Knowledge Economy to Wellbeing Entrepreneurial Society

We need to start asking ourselves if we really want to change ‘economic growth’ as our main measurement as a global society, because if we don’t “actually” commit ourselves to transform the world from a “Knowledge economy” on which every one of its citizens is considered an “asset” then we should not need to change it all, we should continue our model on which every country is “training” its citizens to contribute to the economy. If we continue this path the levels of inequality will continue to rise, the difference between the richest and poorest will increase, and in some decades that could lead to some scenarios of dystopia such as the “government” showed in the Hunger Games on which every one of the districts worked to enhance the country’s growth. If we keep on this path and with the current model using as the most important measurement the GDP per capita, the dehumanization process will continue through the automatization of labor with the possibility of being replaced by robots as exposed in the last Davos meeting initiated by the fear of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. So, if we want a different world with more equality and with a rebirth of the concept of humanity we need to change the model, here are some ideas with the objective of stimulating the thoughts of alternative systems, I hope you enjoy.

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In Search of the Lifelong Learning Leader

People around the world are increasingly discontent with globalization because it has not extended the benefits to everyone. But, as professor Klaus Schwab, founder of The World Economic Forum said: “The problem that we have is not globalization. The problem is a lack of global governance, a lack of means to address global issues.”

This governance is related to how our leaders approach solutions for problems that arise. Globalization has brought new leadership structures that focus on efficiency and serving the purpose of the organization mission.

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Creating a world in Post capitalism

Every year dozens of books in how to become a millionaire reach the top of New York Times bestseller list. This phenomenon of “unlocking the secrets of the richest” has become a trend since the 1980s and each time a financial crisis occurs, more people try to find the formula to get out of poverty. This behavior is the product of our imaginary of a society of “Being rich and. Therefore, happy”, part of the “American dream”, fueled by Hollywood movies and nurtured by capitalism.

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The World Universal Basic Income

The idea of a basic income has been in debate for two centuries and only until the year 1970 it was tested during five years in an 8.000 inhabitants population in Manitoba, Canada with significant results regarding better health and economic opportunities for the participants. In other parts of the world such as Namibia in Africa, the project of a 13 USD/citizen/month for all the 7.000 citizens of Otjivero is considered the first step towards poverty free place. This project has a substantive analysis by Prof  Robert-Jan Van der Veen and is currently being proposed in different cities of the Netherlands to test applicability. The Universal Basic Income consist in giving all the citizens of a particular place a monthly salary that covers the basic needs for survival without restriction of age nor economic conditions.

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Creating the world beyond Californication

“If you want these kinds of dreams is Californication.”

The popular song of the group Red Hot Chili Peppers it is calling to understand how the culture of California has extended to all the world and has changed our perceptions. The engine of California’s economy is “Silicon Valley” and all the companies, ideas, and concepts are the ones who have replaced the Eurocentrism of past centuries. The “Uberization of the economy”, creating new interfaces between a service and the users through a smartphone application (as Uber is doing it) is a stepping stone into this trend that extends a trap into different possibilities.

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