Titles

I have been writing every day in my favorite Day One app. However, they’re a collection of titles for what I wanted to write about that day. Titles and maybe a sentence or paragraph but nothing substantial or well thought-out. Below are the titles to the incomplete thoughts since my last post:

  1. The Last Blue Collar
  2. Identity Threat
  3. Illiteracy
  4. Choice No Choice
  5. Rise of Humanism
  6. In Humans We Trust
  7. Deepfakes

Sitting here tonight, I feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing editing two full podcast episodes. I feel at ease because I finished two important tasks that I did not further procrastinate on (despite watching a humorous TED Talk on the Mind of a Procrastinator). However, I didn’t know what to write tonight, so I decided to write about those titles.

Outside of my personal journal, I’ve been doing a lot of writing, reading, and thinking about the topics of artificial intelligence and the implications of technology (AI/ML) on the future of work. I've been concerned with the future of work because I am witnessing a change in how humanity defines work and why we work. I am also seeing my parents and friends' parents struggle with purpose after they retire. They are interested in returning to work or finding new work but seem to find it difficult to navigate the fast changing landscape of work.

I heard on a podcast cast, the following conclusion of a 1964 report on effects of automation commissioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the President of the United States at the time.

“Technology will replace jobs, but it won’t replace work.”

I am intrigued by this conclusion from 1964 in 2019 because of another statement that, “people don’t vote as consumers, they vote as workers.”

It makes me wonder how automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will disrupt our society but also how we can leverage technology to adapt to new opportunities. A couple questions came to mind:

  1. Do people still need to retire in the Information Age?
  2. If not, what will the aging population, living longer, do?
  3. What can they do and how can we help them do it?
  4. What is the future of work for humanity?

These questions rest at the core of an investment thesis I am exploring and also start-ups I want to invest in or help build.

If you're curious about the procrastination TED Talk I mentioned earlier, I figured it was best to put it at the end so you wouldn't be distracted halfway through. Enjoy and don't go too far down the rabbit hole.