Human replacement (in the workplace)
Human enhancement (in the workplace)
Using technologies that would otherwise outright replace human work to enhance existing and future human work
Why Augmentation Instead of Automation
For businesses: leverage technology to enhance key worker productivity
Partially-Tested, Working, Hypothesis:
A worker belonging to the cohort which exclusively comprises the top 20% of their peers at a company, will (1) be a more effective worker (productivity, performance, customer acquisition, retention, emotional well-being, health, etc.) when enhanced by some technology x at time t and (2) will exhibit greater output when enhanced by that same technology x than the output of that technology x used alone at that same time t.
Workers displaced by augmentation can look to augmentation-enhanced recruitment/talent tools to help them find a superior position that they're good at and are passionate about
On the face of it, augmentation appears more compassionate and ethical
Growing consensus that it is the more socially responsible approach
Per this previous post:
We have both (1) underestimated the power of automation and (2) the habitual, routine, nature of most existing human professions and hence, the ease by which most human professional activities can be automated (including creative ones).
However, there is still much untapped potential in most people. Harnessing and leveraging this potential will involve a mixed basket of approaches:
Prioritizing (1) epistemic ethics (humility, a desire for continuous improvement, scientifically and rationally controlled thinking, constant learning, critical thinking skills, researching and finding information as opposed to rote memorization), (2) Aristotelian flourishing or actualization, (3) leveraging pharmaceuticals (nootropics which are gaining increasing scientific and medical support), biological modification, and cybernetic modifications (and this).
The D-Wave 2X was last reported as harnessing greater than 18 petaflops of computational power - the human brain exhibits roughly 34 - the gap is narrowing and very quickly but every average human being is still far ahead
Furthermore, the old adage: "One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." (Elbert Hubbard) still rings true
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