What are we going to do with all the technology and cognitive surplus?

I came across Photomath a few days ago and couldn’t help but wonder what we are going to do with the cognitive surplus as a result of such advancements. Fortunately, there is so much we can do the result being creativity and generosity.

You can use that surplus to play video games and hang out.

Or you can use that surplus to go learn how to do something that can’t be done by someone merely because she has a calculator.

Entire professions and industries are disrupted by the free work and shortcuts that are produced by the connection economy, by access to information, by robots. Significant parts of your job are almost certainly among them.

Now that we can get what you used to do really quickly and cheaply from someone else, you can either insist that you still get to do that for us at the same fee you used to charge, or you can move up the ladder and do something we can’t do without you.

Here are a few ideas that are not perfect but, better than watching TV.

  1. Start a blog on a topic that you care about and write a blog post daily.
  2. Volunteer in your community.
  3. Mentor someone in person or online.
  4. Learn a new language, sport, or a musical instrument.
  5. Read for an hour or two everyday.
  6. Listen to some of the greatest music compositions.
  7. Write hand-written notes to people you care about.
  8. Play a game with your family.
  9. Exercise every day.
  10. Learn to cook a nice meal and share it with your family and friends.
  11. Produce short movies on your smart phones and share them online.



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