The Other AI

AI is all the buzz today.  My guess is that many people use the term without truly understanding what it means.  AI is nebulous, mystical, sexy.  Much sexier than the phrases Big Data or Big Data 2.0.

AI stands for artificial intelligence.  It is simply a different way to look at data using very fast, powerful computers.  They are programmed to sift through tons of data and look for correlations.  Businesses use those correlations to make money by serving consumers.

By definition, artificial means made by human skill; produced by humans, as opposed to by nature.  Intelligence means having the aptitude to grasp truths, relationships, facts and meanings.  In other words, AI is made by humans to serve humans.  Yet, AI lacks something innately human:  awareness.

The antonym of intelligence is ignorance.  Ignorance is the lack of knowledge.  The opposite of lacking knowledge is having knowledge, which is defined as awareness.  Yet, intelligence does not mean awareness.  Having an aptitude for something means you can perform it.  It does not mean you are aware of what you’re doing.  Awareness is a profoundly human gift.

AI is here to stay.  It will continue to evolve and improve our quality of life.  Embrace it.  However, “quality of life” is not “meaning of life”.

The other AI, awareness intelligence, will give us meaning, a sense of purpose.  Without it, you will feel constantly stressed.  Your “other AI” can be increased changing how you think for the better.

To drive positive mind change, you need to understand where you are today.  You need to take an inventory of your current character qualities, relationships, emotional states, habits and principles.  You need to examine with whom and where you spend your time.  The exercise will reveal both good and bad, but it will help you take a stand for the future you want to have.

If you’d like a guide for this exercise, then click here to consider taking the MindWolves Awareness Assessment.

If not, then at a minimum, perhaps you can think about the “other AI” when you’re speaking to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google’s Home?

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