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What Does it Mean to be Smart?
We are on the leading edge of a Smart Machine Age led by artificial intelligence that will be as transformative as the Industrial Revolution was for our ancestors. Smart machines will take over millions of jobs, and not just factory work. Not only can smart machines store more data and analyze it faster than any mere human, but also they're free of the emotional, psychological, and cultural baggage that so often mars human thinking.
So when it comes to smart machines, we can't beat 'em and we can't join 'em. To win, we have to play a different game. Authors Hess and Ludwig offer us that game plan. The key is to change our definition of what it means to be smart. We need to excel at critical, creative, and innovative thinking and emotionally engaging with others—things machines can't do well.
The crucial mindset underlying what they call the NewSmart is humility—not self-effacement but an accurate self-appraisal: acknowledging you can't have all the answers, remaining open to new ideas, and committing yourself to lifelong learning.
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