So, over the past week, I’ve found certain articles that touch upon the very topics that mine did in the weeks prior. I’ve read them and I felt it would be great extra reading, if you’re interested. Just jump over to those articles after you’re done with mine (or not) and enjoy the influx of new knowledge into your life. 🙂
I wrote a lengthy (by my standards) post on why robots and automation stealing human jobs in the future won’t be such a bad thing as some make it out to be. A crucial factor, that will drive the future robot revolution in the workforce is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has been trending for many years, but particularly, for the past two. Just a couple of days ago, Google’s AlphaGo won a Go tournament against Go grandmaster Lee Sedol 4-1. That’s right, 4 for AI, 1 for humans. Nonetheless, there are several misconceptions floating around about AI and it’s potential impact on our lives. Gizmodo took it upon themselves to clear up these myths. Their article also points out that human lives will be made better by having working robots in our industries. Here is an excerpt from the story.
“Over the next couple of decades AI is going to destroy many jobs, but this is a good thing,” Miller told Gizmodo. Self-driving cars could replace truck drivers, for example, which would cut delivery costs and therefore make it cheaper to buy goods. “If you earn money as a truck driver, you lose, but everyone else effectively gets a raise as their paychecks buy more,” Miller said. “And the money these winners save will be spent on other goods and services which will generate new jobs for humans.”
I also enjoyed reading Tim Lott’s brilliant piece on Alan Watt’s and his take on Zen Buddhism. Zen is a great way to achieve happiness and above all, peace of mind, in a world that is filled with paradoxical truths and double standards that brew stress within us. I’ve always been interested in Buddhism. A better way to say it would be that Buddhism has always sparked a curiosity within me. I don’t subscribe to the views of any religion or philosophy – I make my own rules as life goes on – but Zen will always be relatable to me. I’ve shared my thoughts on mindfulness and the need to acknowledge the illusion of control before. Tim Lott expands upon this with the interpretations of Zen by Alan Watts and Tao.
The emphasis on the present moment is perhaps Zen’s most distinctive characteristic. In our Western relationship with time, in which we compulsively pick over the past in order to learn lessons from it and then project into a hypothetical future in which those lessons can be applied, the present moment has been compressed to a tiny sliver on the clock face between a vast past and an infinite future. Zen, more than anything else, is about reclaiming and expanding the present moment.
It tries to have you understand, without arguing the point, that there is no purpose in getting anywhere if, when you get there, all you do is think about getting to some other future moment. Life exists in the present or nowhere at all, and if you cannot grasp that, you are simply living a fantasy.
For all Zen writers life is, as it was for Shakespeare, akin to a dream — transitory and insubstantial. There is no ‘rock of ages cleft for thee’. There is no security. Looking for security, Watts said, is like jumping off a cliff while holding on to a rock for safety — an absurd illusion. Everything passes and you must die. Don’t waste your time thinking otherwise. Neither Buddha nor his Zen followers had time for any notion of an afterlife.
Zen, this liberal doctrine that teaches us to value the present moment, instead of reminiscing of moments past or worrying over moments yet to come, is one that has always attracted me, be it the stoic nature of a life lived in Zen, or the absence of a hard and fast moral code that lays out the path for me.
Off-beat Zen on Aeon.