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Humans Are Underrated [PDF] ❤ Humans Are Underrated By Geoff Colvin – From the bestselling author of Talent is Overrated an extensive look at the essential human skills that can never be replaced by technologyIn the economy of a few years from now what will people do be From the bestselling author of Talent is Overrated an extensive look Humans Are PDF/EPUB or at the essential human skills that can never be replaced by technologyIn the economy of a few years from now what will people do better than computers Technology is rapidly invading fields that it once could not touch driving cars better than humans do predicting Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts packing boxes identifying faces scurrying around hospitals delivering medications all faster reliably less expensively than people In a world like that how will we and our children achieve a rising standard of livingThe real issue is what we humans are hardwired to do for and with one another arising from our deepest most essentially human abilities—empathy social sensitivity storytelling humor forming relationships creativity These are how we create value that all people hunger for that is uniue and not easily uantifiedIndividuals and companies are already discovering that these high value abilities create tremendous competitive advantage— devoted customers stronger cultures breakthrough ideas effective teams They’re discovering also that while many of us regard these abilities as innate traits—“he’s a real people person” “she’s naturally creative”—it turns out they can all be developed and are being developed in far sighted organizations from software firms to the US Army to the Cleveland Clinic To a far greater degree than most of us ever imagined we already have what it takes.

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  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    Seriously if storytelling is such a large chunk of what humans can do sign me up for robotification right now I firmly believe that storytelling is an evil undertaking designed to waste shitloads of my time and highjack large pieces of projects just to tell some story every fucking one already heard is some version somewhere sometime Humans should be better at other stuff intuition thinking imagination inventing being the masterminds behind the data crunching macnines Not making shit stories up

  2. Abhishek Abhishek says:

    An insightful book full of great information from multiple observations and researches Although the author makes great arguments they are primarily based on assumptions that are just that assumptions Computers might not be able to truly replicate some of human's emotional capabilities but surely it is not in the realm of impossible by any means for them to mimic them to a close approximation Some of the arguments such as the direct correlation between population density and innovation do not take into account the lack of innovation in heavily populated areas of the world There are other factors at play here as well access to resources education and others Empathy and ability to lead effectively has always been an important factor in success Though logical and systematic thinking has succeeded uite well also Overall though I was uite impressed with the first half of the book I found myself wondering and my mind wandering in the second half which seemed to meander a bit Also in the end a clear take away other than the empathy will rule was hard to grasp I would still recommend the book since it's an interesting read offers great research and stories and does reflect on what we should be reflecting on as technology changes not just our world but also our selves The brain that relied on empathy to survive this far may no longer have as much need for this skill as it spends time with machines than with people The bigger risk than making machines as smart as people is of people becoming dumb to a level that could be relatively easily reproduced via machines

  3. Wynn Netherland Wynn Netherland says:

    A little slow to get started Colvin spent so much time talking about how computers are putting us all out of work I was expecting a pitch for basic incomeThe balance of the book does a good job of showing the power of empathy in the new economy especially for large dynamic organizations The latter chapters are thought provoking especially for anyone leading distributed teams

  4. John Park John Park says:

    Three and half stars Humans are Misunderstood might be a accurate title though underrated probably is eye catching This is a piece of journalism smoothly and brightly written rather than an academic treatise; Colvin does list his sources but few are primary a lot are web pages and popular books and his instances of scientists believe or as X says do leave room for suspicion that he is cherry picking in the interests of making a case But generally he makes his case well providing several areas of support for his main points On the way he pursues a slightly meandering path through a range of fascinating topics without losing track of his goalColvin starts by delineating the ways in which computers are out competing us in areas we had felt secure chess Jeopardy Go heading towards the inevitable uestion of whether they will ultimately leave any place for us at all There's very little they can't do it seems They can read emotions from micro expressions which suggests that in some sense they might understand us better than we understand ourselves This however is about as close as Colvin gets to addressing spiritual values He also skips over the point that even not very bright machines could out think us because they work so much fasterSome ways of looking at and solving problems do still seem to be human preserves especially when the goals are imprecise Machines have not yet become good at identifying the real rather than the immediate goal and then thinking outside the box instead of changing how a failing part is shaped make it out of a different material Nevertheless our island of genuinely human attributes seems to be shrinking rapidly Rather than try to hold back the tide Colvin suggests we should decide what is important to us about people and identify areas where we insist on participation by real humans Such areas include those reuiring tact expressions of sympathy or empathic understanding and those involving legal or moral responsibility few of us would willingly hand over the adjudication of our criminal or civil law case to a machine As a caveat here there is evidence that some judicial sentences are strongly influenced by the time are given with respect to meal times or the end of the day and so might be made fairer by incorporating AI assistance This situation recalls the relatively recent use of computer technology in cricket to review disputed umpire decisions At present the human umpire makes the first decision and has priority if the ensuing computer analysis is borderline—but it is not hard to imagine that in a few years the roles will be reversed and the AI will make the initial call and human judgement will be invoked only to review uestionable decisionsOne of the main things that make us human seems to be our ability or even need to share and co operate; and since Colvin's main focus is on work in the modern world this leads to a long investigation of what makes a successful team He starts by noting that teamwork is growing common in many areas of society—even in science as illustrated by some astronomy and high energy physics papers with hundreds or thousands of authors though mathematics journals still publish a fair percentage of single author works And of course there is little multi author fiction—though writing support groups are almost universal And he provides a lot of evidence that good teams are better than would be expected from the individuals that compose themThroughout this book a surprising number of Colvin's examples are drawn from the US military particularly in the area of training He shows that realistic combat training made great improvements in performance for example in air combat over Vietnam enough to undermine the old assumption that fighter aces were born not made That impression originated from the truism that you can't learn from your mistake if it kills you; but experience showed that training could dramatically improve battlefield performance particularly by developing effective teamwork among ground forcesSo what makes an effective team? It turns out to depend mostly on how its members interact and communicate And face to face contacts have a special power that text messaging or any form of remote communications vitiates Nonverbal links are vital to effective and satisfying communications Eye contact pupil responses and other nonverbal signalling modes Colvin doesn't address possible pheromone effects are a huge part of what make communications work and teams successful The key elements seem to be ostentatious listening and eual time awarded to each person's contributionsA Yahoo CEO in desperate circumstances essentially banned telecommuting and reuired employees to work on site Google and other firms have taken various measures to encourage workers to meet and talk to strangers within their organisations—choosing the location of the cafeteria optimising the time spent in cafeteria ueues and adjusting the space between chairs or tables in meeting rooms to encourage workers to almost literally bump into strangers and talkThe core of a successful team seems to be empathy; and empathy is an intrinsically human uality that can be either developed or allowed to atrophy Remote communications such as texting undermine empathy But it can also be taught There is evidence that reading character based fiction can develop empathy Women appear to have of it naturally than men though Colvin is careful to point out the implications of the bell curve The military is interested too empathy includes understanding the enemy What poisons a team? Competitiveness and testosterone in addition to softer evidence Colvin cites a biochemical experiment that found administration of testosterone lowered empathy in adults Takers as opposed to givers; a giving culture is easily poisoned so that the solitary IT nerd is toxic This is a fairly isolated hint of a dark side to the optimistic picture Colvin is gradually building; surely a dangerous inverse puritanism is rearing its head here ignoring the fact that some forms of work not just in science or technology can only be done in isolationOn a different level probably the element of communications that most powerfully engenders motivation and commitment is the story Listening to and watching someone tell a story triggers parallel responses in our brains We tend to bond with the story teller and be motivated by the story Even if the teller is not present in person much of the power of the story remains Colvin doesn't really define what he means by story but his main examples are nonfictional narratives involving individuals dealing with stressful situations He does note that the way a story ends seems to be important but he doesn't delve far into such matters or ask some obvious uestions why stories are so powerful and could AIs produce them effectively? After pointing out that AIs have displayed creativity in such areas as musical composition and cookery Colvin suggests that works of art produced by humans may still retain a uniue value by association with their creator particularly if we know the person But the example he cites of the conflicting responses to J K Rowling's initially pseudonymous detective novel seems to cut both ways behaviours that may be characteristically human also appear silly and even dangerously irrational For there is a darker side to stories The success of organisations like ISIS in recruiting followers can be seen as a result of effective story tellingBuilding towards his conclusion Colvin identifies some trends in business policy Five year plans and the like may be outmoded—in the face of rapid changes caused by new technology agility may be useful than a long term strategy Firms are hiring for empathy women and liberal arts graduates are becoming sought after Colvin suggests that networking teamwork and leadership will form the future skill set In the US engineers even when not potentially replaceable by AIs are cheap because they are available internationally in huge numbers; so if the US wants to stay ahead then the person who used to be an engineer will have to be a team leader And much training can be done effectively by interactive software than in a lecture—leaving classroom time for face to face work and exercises useful in team building and developing empathy Colvin emphasised the importance importance of stories and of endings but his story—and he has shaped this book as a story—for me ends weakly His closing chapter makes or less explicit the earlier hints that he was talking of the economic future of business graduates or those looking for careers in business and it seems to leave the rest of us out in the cold Yes there may be new hope for liberal arts graduates and women in general but how many team leaders and team building managers will we need? Whom will they be managing and what will everyone else be doing in the world of the machine?

  5. Raz Pirata Raz Pirata says:

    “Infotech is doubling in power every two years I am not and I’ll guess you are not either”I remember walking down Houston St about a uarter mile from FDR drive when a gentleman of uestionable sobriety appeared He was howling at the heavens “the future is here the FUTURE IS HERE” God I love New YorkI shuffled my step to give his prophecy space when a few knuckle heads on the corner started egging him on “Where is it brother? I can’t see it I must’ve gone blind where is the future?”Well knuckleheads the future is here It is big and bold and it is coming for your job“We must force ourselves to envision larger faster changes than the mind blowing ones we’ve seen so far”Geoff Colvin author of Humans Are Underrated will play John Conner in this future He will be the one who saves you and your career from the takeover of the machines As he outlines for us in stark detail the world we know is changing faster than we can perceive Humans are Underrated will prepare us on how to survive this cataclysmic shift from what we have always known to what we can’t imagine“The new high value skills are instead part of our deepest nature the abilities that literally define us as humans”In Colvin’s version of the future machines have taken on much of the workforce than we previously predicted But what they can’t do and ‘What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will’ is how to be authentically human It is this that he proposes will save usColvin postulates that the skills of value in this future will be the ones from our past That our greatest advantage will be our most essential human abilities creativity empathy sensitivity humor storytelling and relationship building That the high value skills of the workforce will be the ability to “be a people person” To survive the shift in the employment marketplace we must recapture the skill that too many of us have lostHumans Are Underrated is an important conversation One you should pay attention to Because the future comes whether or not you are ready and this book is your heads up So don’t get caught slippin’ or the future will leave you behindOverall Score 36 50In a Sentence The only way to survive the labor market of the future is to reclaim the skills of your past

  6. Heep Heep says:

    At times fascinating but mostly the descriptions of what computers are able to door will be doing soon I am a little doubtful that computers will be crowded out of human jobs those emphasizing emotion and interaction I suspect computers will be programmed for many of these activities too and in some cases cost and accessibility may win out over our supposedly better bedside manner Not all the time perhaps but enough for there to be significant economic displacement And that is my greatest critiue of the book it does not credibly discuss the scale and speed of all the dislocation and economic change Whole segments of jobs will disappear and in cascading waves as computer technology finds a way to do a task cheaper and better than humans How will economies adapt? How will people be retrained and relocated? There is an underlying algorithm in the development of this technology and it is the profit motive combined with analytics that will make it hard for economic or political policy to keep up The book does not give a credible explanation of how this might get sorted out and essentially says that for the moment there will be enough empathy jobs to stem the tide It is a hopeful message just not a particularly compelling one

  7. Sasha Boersma Sasha Boersma says:

    If you read a lot on the topic not a lot new What I did like was what the author brought to the book for those who hadn't already read a lot on the topicRight to the point Humans are empathy machines who tell stories Computers are logical and factual Therefore the future jobs for humans are in empathy and storytellingBefore I returned the book to the library I wish I made note of one thing that hit me and that was he was't referring to the current economic era as the knowledge era because knowledge is stored on the Internet I will get my hands on the book again and make note of what he does call it Because that was a fascinating concept to read and reflect on

  8. Wendi Lau Wendi Lau says:

    What? A computer can do legal discovery financial planning and medical diagnoses? Anything reuiring drawing on a wealth of information to make an informed decision is now better done by computers I thought it was just McDonalds and WalMart cashiers That friend who can organize and incentivize her co workers to stick to a schedule and produce their best work – she’s the hot commodity now Not you with your computer science and math degrees Can you listen and predict how your teammates will act how the enemy will behave? If not better learn or risk becoming obsolete This is the idea Geoff Colvin wants to get across People skills matter a lot than we thoughtTwo stories about teamwork blew my mind The book is full of interesting stories The first showed that women dominated teams – women than the other teams – always did better than other teams due to the way they cooperated and communicated I have worked in workplaces with women both functioned well but underlying girl grumpiness was also present moodiness that negatively affected the work environment Women are notoriously moody I wonder how teams with females function betterThe second teamwork story was about an elite golf team that competed on the world stage The team organized by personality types and communication styles won Teams organized by complementary skills or the best golfer for each position always lost The team functioned differently and better when members worked as parts of a team than when the individuals considered their roles separately This weird parts of a whole concept is worth considering in light of how companies communities and countries normally function If we need this big goal this common thing that we swim toward all in our own way supporting the whole trying to achieve a goal then everybody doing their own thing selfishly trying to maximize our own utility leads to an organism that disintegrates dies We can see this phenomenon in viral and bacterial communities; they function best most healthfully when they behave altruistically Single celled organisms do thisThis was my big takeaway from this book We have to behave differently for our groupcompanycountryfree society to survive in the long runThis book would benefit anyone who plans to continue working for the next several decades But it is of particular use to parents and educators incentivizing them to develop better ways to interact and socialize These abilities would be the most meaningful things kids gain from an “education” Alternatively sports teach many of these soft skills

  9. Navneet Bhushan Navneet Bhushan says:

    Being and human is the skill ironically will be what is needed and as our economic world shifts to and intelligent machines This is the basic premise of the book To be human and to leverage human skills of empathy deeper understanding of the complex ways in which other humans work respond and operate in a world where not only most mechanical jobs are going to increasingly intelligent machines the ability to collaborate with other humans and empathise with them to create team work to generate end value will be the demand The aloof technology non social nerds or middle managers of the previous economic system will start getting booted out of the jobs that big corporates are gravitating towards I would however like to point out this being one side of the story Despite the so called improving intelligent machines making them work together and with humans will reuire skills that may lead to disruptions of the big companies The young uniue newer type of technologies and their systems may be emerging in the next decade or so that may actually be radically different than what we have seen in the fifth wave of innovation 1990 to 2020 The 30 years have given us algorithms as economic vehicles of creating value Google ebay Facebook are all algorithms Contrast it to companies of the previous waves say GE PHILIPS Shell Toyota etc How different are these two sets of companies Perhaps the skill needed will be to do with creating new organization's that leverage the next wave of innovationthe sixth wave that will driven by algorithmic intelligence and later uantum computing to give us nee ability to synthesise energy biology and in fact realityNevertheless a skill set based on human social interaction and the ability tow work with people is needed Machined human social interaction skills will be like it Sort of human machine socio techno interaction system

  10. Nitin Nitin says:

    Awesome insightful and thought provoking with a highly readable style of writing It definitely got me to re appraise how I had been thinking of my own skills and competencies

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