By now, this may be the most common interview question ever. And in the technical realm, you may want your answer to that question to be:
“Learning something completely different than what I know now.”
Allow me to explain.
As we consider the know-how we accumulate over the course of a career, we understandably think of it in huge chunks. 15 years of experience here or 25 years of experience there.
There’s a lot to be said for the wealth of knowledge we obtain from experience, so I don’t want to discount the power of that – but we simply can’t ignore the fact that in the technological world, the rules are changing. Even as you read this.
I was catching up with a gentleman named Pete recently, a candidate who I’d helped to make a career move about 10 years ago from a very large organization to a very up-and-coming entrepreneurial company. In hindsight, he said this was a fantastic opportunity because he’d learned a great deal and had a substantial role.
When entrepreneurs like PayPal founder Peter Thiel or Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk speak, many others listen due to their proven ability to think outside the box. So as both have recently commented on their fear of artificial intelligence, it might’ve caught several people off-guard. Particularly since we so often see the “rosy” view of the future in all the advantages we’ll have once robots can function independently without our instruction.
It’s a future that has many positives, but Thiel and Musk urge caution – and in my view, common sense. They have called for a formal ban on self-guided lethal force – in other words, any device that is capable of exerting lethal force that operates fully autonomously.
If anything, we’re only going to see more discussion on self-autonomous robots – in fact, our discussion on the topic continues when you click here. Check out what companies like Google and Apple might have planned for this area as well as how our very definition of robots could change dramatically in the near future.