What we are facing is a technical and social revolution that can only be compared with the invention of printing. That's what communication scientist Miriam Meckel says, who my colleagues Johann Grolle and Martin Schlak met for the SPIEGEL interview. Where the journey will take us - to a new level of civilization or to the middle of the high-tech version of hell - has not yet been decided. It is also up to you and me and what rules we will enforce when dealing with the rampant machine intelligence.

“Humans and machines can achieve great things together,” says Meckel. She sees a lot of need for creativity and real “organic thinking,” as she says, in the future, because computers can’t really do that. Before long, the language models on the computers will have read everything there is on the Internet, and from this raw material they will derive all the answers to all the questions. Accordingly, there is a risk of a certain intellectual blandness: “We will experience a permanent rumination of existing things,” says Meckel. »From a lyrical perspective, global incest will begin in 2026.«

I highly recommend this enlightening SPIEGEL conversation to you; we all have to find or maintain our place in the new world of machines. Many professions will fundamentally change, and managers in particular are at risk. Other jobs are less so, plumbing for example: "There is not yet," says Meckel, "any robot with the most sophisticated AI in the world that can repair toilets."


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