Since the first industrial revolution in the 18th century, modern technology has been developed vigorously to increase work efficiency and production for the human kind. While the grandparent generation is finally taking the step to learn the new technology and to adapt to the new modern age, we are embracing the 6th industrial revolution. We are stepping onto the timeline where the next industrial revolution, the era of AI, is again creating and visioning a new society. Nevertheless, in this set, the robots are our competitors. They are the ones who will take over the majority of modern labor and manual work.
So how will the future labor market truly lead us to? How will humanity play in the era of artificial intelligence?
According to extensive research, there’re probably two moves for the future humans to learn and survive: traditional trades, which mainly focuses on craftsmanship, and agriculture, the planting and farming of food.
Reflecting on Charles Darwin’s theory, the answer to become the fittest of the survival is to learn and to adapt. Unfortunately, the city will be a deathtrap if the electricity goes off or no more coal can be dug out from the planet. Learning to adapt to the automated world would not be the solution. With human race at the cusp of being replaced by AI, humanity, which has been gradually lost throughout the period of automation, needs to be searched back to complete our whole beings, spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and more.
The concept of human nature in truth is being forgotten on the side, even though we talk about nature all the time. Lots of audience has asked, is going back to countryside the only way? While the others asked, what’s the first step people can do in the city? The space and the environment truly can impact humanity, but humanity is not solely defined by such. Just like in the Abundance of Less, it is not only the nature, the country, the land that are calling these Japanese individuals to go back, but also the human nature that is rooted with the soil, with the use of hands. The warmth under the skin flows with the way of living free.
We need to take the transition and move to the right direction. After all, will we be the deadly zombies sitting in the self-driving cars and being taken from place to place or the real humans creating our own purposeful life with hands? And we shall think the meaning of sustainability when the time comes.