One of the World Economic Forum's advisers, Yuval Noah Harari, who is a friend of Klaus Schwab is back in the news again. This time he's being accused of making outrageous remarks.
He spoke with The TED Audio Collective podcast last week and discussed his grim view of the future. Chris Anderson, the head of Ted Talks media platform, interviewed Harari.
The WEF advisor said we're heading for a future where humans “are no longer part of the story of the future” due to artificial intelligence and other technologies.
Harari then sugested the reason why so many people around the world are frustrated with the current system is that the future may no longer need them. He then went on to talk about the things that people could do in their spare time with robots doing tasks previuosly carried out by humans.
In response to the idea that AI would take over jobs, Harari said that while this is true, there will be "many new and exciting jobs for humans," but most would not be able to do such jobs; as such, they will be left behind.
Harari said that: “Part of what might be going [on] is people realize — and they’re correct in thinking that, ‘The future doesn’t need me. You have all these smart people in California, in New York and in Beijing and they are planning this amazing future with artificial intelligence and bioengineering and global connectivity and whatnot and they don’t need me. Maybe if they are nice, they will throw some crumbs my way, like universal basic income.’ But it’s much worse psychologically to feel that you are useless than to feel that you are exploited.”
For those not familiar with his work, Harari is a globalist lecturer and author; he told Anderson that: “We just don’t need the vast majority of the population because the future is about developing more and more sophisticated technology like artificial intelligence, bioengineering, most people don’t contribute anything to that accept perhaps for their data. And whatever people are doing that is useful, these technologies will increasingly make redundant and will make it possible to replace the people.”
After Harari’s grim take on the future, Anderson asked: “So again, trying to desperately apply some sort of more hopeful spin on this … a lot of the jobs that are being displaced are actually kind of boring jobs that don’t really tap into the core of what the human is.”
When all the jobs are taken, people might feel hopeless due to the lack of opportunity. However, there are still plenty of things people can do.
“People are really good at making lonely people not feel lonely, and pretty much anyone can do that,” he said. “You know, communities are a mess. Pretty much anyone who lives somewhere could do, in principle, something to make a community better. They could paint a fence, or do some voluntary service, or whatever.”
When we talk about future populations, Harari explained the first wave of people to become "useless" will be those living in developing countries like Honduras.
When countries like America can use AI to produce goods cheaper than those from other countries, they will stop employing cheap labor from other nations. The top WEF advisor said he could see tech giants in California redistributing wealth to mothers in Pennsylvania, but that it is harder for First World nations to take care of their own poor citizens.
Harari also mentioned his favorite topic, "hacking" people to manipulate, predict choices and make decisions for us.
This question then asked by Anderson came from a fear of the world elite's planned concept of a dystopian society, he asked: “Is there any scenario where we could write ourselves back into this story in quite an important way as being the only things in the universe that we know of that are actually capable of the things that matter most in the universe — i.e., love, joy, creativity, the sort of that feeling of peace you talked about?”
Harari avoided directly answering if there's a way to “write ourselves back into this history,” but said that “There is now a race, a competition, to hack humanity in general and to hack you in particular.”
He then went on to add that:“You should make the effort to stay ahead of your competitors of the big corporations, the governments that are trying to hack you. So, you need to get to know yourself better because there are now these forces that are trying to hack you.”
The speaker from the World Economic Forum (WEF) spoke of mankind's need to tackle "climate change," nuclear warfare, and the issues presented by "disruptive technologies" like artificial intelligence.