Some important lessons that current generation must know
21 Lessons From the 21st Century talks about some important questions that are slowly becoming the basis of the 21st century. It is our duty to learn and understand such issues before it’s too late. The author Yuval Noah Harrari has literally squeezed all his gems of wisdom to make this book a masterpiece. Now it is our duty to read this masterpiece and imbibe these lessons. He primarily focuses on issues such as artificial intelligence, terrorism, mass unemployment, ignorance,and education reform.
Lessons that one needs to be aware in the 21st century:
- The ignorance of present-day humans is causing collateral damage
The author Yuval Noah Harrari in 21 Lessons From the 21st century states that the current generation doesn’t really know the functioning of the world. They are great communicators in relation to the past generations but they know very little about how the world actually works. This state of oblivion is persisting with each passing year and causing collateral damage.
- Rise in artificial intelligence will simplify many problems but will affect our cultural, economic and political structures
The author believes that the algorithms are slowly outdating a normal human brain and even the simplest of the problems are being taken over by computers. A revolution to replace human jobs with artificial intelligence and bots has begun and is rising at an alarming rate. Today more and more people feel outdated and technologically handicapped. They feel anxious and are battling depression because of globalisation, machine learning, and complicated algorithms which are very difficult to understand.
Though many scientists and researchers believe that the rise in artificial intelligence will create a new line of jobs for people. It is true that the current skill set will be outdated and of no use but that doesn’t mean that the new opportunities are not coming. In order to sustain in the new environment, a person will have to develop new skills, and should readily accept change. A person who will focus on developing a strong emotional quotient or EQ is more likely to have a job.
- New discoveries made by scientists can also hijack our jobs
The new studies show that robots can take the jobs in the EQ department too. It is because of the discovery made by some those human emotions (decisions, desires and feelings) are not a result of free will or human intuition. Rather it is the result of multiple things that get stored in our brains which create patterns. It is when the brain starts identifying these patterns, we believe that they are intuitions. These observations and patterns if instilled in robots will outperform humans and will cause collateral damage.
The lesson to learn from all this is that the future is not that grim and dull. If taken in the right stride these shortcomings and challenges of artificial intelligence will turn into opportunities. These tools (algorithms, AI) can help us move away from regular boring tasks that people don’t want to engage in and can allow us to spend more time improving society.
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- Educational reform has become the need to the hour
Our current education system is all about bombarding the students with information. Some of which is uncalled for because of its irrelevance. But just because it has been a part of the curriculum since so long doesn’t mean that the current generation too needs to learn it. All the precious time is wasted in consuming and learning this information that no time is left for developing critical thinking skills. This is the reason why the majority of students are unemployed and underemployed. As soon as they leave school, they are expected to know everything.
Immigration is causing death of European culture
21 Lessons From the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari also talks about the impact of globalisation on immigration. Globalisation has made the world extremely small and conquerable. More and more people are realising their worth and leaving their countries in search of better jobs and better lifestyles. This issue is causing a major problem in European countries. People from all over the world move to these countries for better opportunities. They are expected to fully adapt to European culture and abandon their own. This is resulting in a major identity crisis for the people of different countries.
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Europeans expect these people to give up their norms, practices, dressing sense, and taboos and become unified with the European culture. This issue is causing major conflicts between these two sets of people. To resolve this issue, both the perspectives should be considered equally without having any prior biases.