Renzo Piano makes the case for beauty in architecture during TED2018: The Age of Amazement, April 12, 2018, in Vancouver. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED What we need sometimes is a little awe, a little wonder.

This session of TED Talks was designed to provoke an exquisite human emotion: the sense that the world is bigger and stranger than you’d known. Without further ado, wow.

A blueprint for how humans and machines can coexist. American researchers are leading AI discoveries, Chinese engineers are leading AI implementations like speech recognition and machine translation, and taken together, they will bring about a technological revolution that will pose major challenges to society.

All types of jobs will be replaced by AI in the near-future, from radiologists to truckers. “But what’s more serious than the loss of jobs is the loss of meaning,” says investor Kai-Fu Lee, “because the work ethic in the Industrial Age has brainwashed us into thinking work is the reason we exist, that work defines the meaning of our lives.” Lee confesses that for many years, he was guilty of being a workaholic — nearly missing the birth of his daughter to give a presentation to Apple’s CEO– until he was diagnosed with Stage IV lymphoma five years ago.

The experience made him realize that his priorities were completely out of order, but it also gave him a new view about what AI should mean for humanity. “AI is taking away a lot of routine jobs, but routine jobs are not what we’re about. Read more from…

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