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31/01/2019

Will Artificial Intelligence Soon Tell Us How To Live?

“What people don’t realize is that we are on the verge of a paradigmatic shift in thinking on par with the Copernican Revolution,” says Dr. Angel Iscovich. “The way we make our most personal decisions—from our partners, to our health choices, to yes, even our daily routines— is going to transform due to the falling cost of data storage and rising computing power.”

Forbes says that  according to him, in the future, AI will advise us how to structure our days for the most fulfilling life. It will literally tell us what to do for optimal living. Iscovich’s assertion comes as the result of a new book he is writing with six-time New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner and myself entitled, Time Bubble: The Art and Science of Routine. Though Iscovich works in the tech sector, the very eye of the storm when it comes to perpetuating our 24/7/365 go-go culture, his new book bucks 21stcentury conventional wisdom by suggesting the best way to navigate our noisy new world is to reject constant novelty — to reduce the relentless pelting of fresh content minute by minute. Iscovich’s disruptive big idea is that we need to carve out mental space for ourselves away from the madding hubbub to bring order to our lives. According to Iscovich’s findings, when we stick to a plan — when we do the same things in a predictable fashion — we develop balance and wellbeing, despite the curve balls life throws at us. “The reality is, as biological organisms, our bodies and minds perform best when maintaining an equilibrium,” explains Iscovich. “We feel best when our environment is familiar, and our lives possess consistency.” It’s important to note turning to technology is not the only answer to solve the crisis humanity finds itself in. Iscovich’s book emphasizes the importance of creating a stable environment while pointing out AI is an invention created by human intelligence and therefore one of our greatest tools and assets. Still, outsourcing how we make life choices to a computer fits within a pattern of evolving thought processes surrounding decision-making. In the last few thousand years humans have shifted beliefs when it comes to which authorities to follow. Once upon a time, kings ruled us with “divine” authority from God. Later, we internalized our decision-making as religion lost its sway and modern liberalist ideas swept the world. However, in the future, it’s conceivable many of our choices will be influenced or made for us through algorithms based on data.  

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