Future human: AI and the behavioural skills we will all need

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Join Liggy Webb on this blog to explore AI and robots through a different lens, one of ourselves and our own future

How will new adaptive technologies change the way we behave? It’s a fascinating question and one well worth consideration and debate.

We are experiencing the advent and convergence of exponential technologies that are already having a big impact on our behaviours and the way that we live. Artificial intelligence (AI) is on track to be the most transformative technology in the history of humankind, and we may well find this a bit overwhelming and even daunting.

As we look to the future, robots and automation could well be ubiquitous in many industries and, despite the obvious concerns that this throws up, could also lead to a world where humans are freed up to pursue more creative and fulfilling work.

Intelligence revolution?

There is a great deal for us to learn in this evolving industrial revolution and so much that we can benefit from too. Artificial intelligence has the capacity to unleash our human potential and create opportunities we have only imagined. As a tool it can help us achieve our goals, however it will only be a force for good if we use it responsibly and ethically.

So, whether we like it or not, it is highly likely that the pace of change is only going to accelerate and, as the world evolves against the backdrop of the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions, then so must we. How well we respond and adapt to these changes will be highly dependent on the way we choose to behave – our humanness – and this will ultimately be the currency of our future.

One way to ensure that we are fit for the future is to be proactive and to continuously explore and nurture the behaviours that will help us to thrive.

What skills will we need for the future?

One valuable resource that I would highly recommend exploring is the World Economic Forums future of jobs report which explores how jobs and skills will evolve over the next five years.

This fourth edition of the series continues the analysis of employer expectations to provide new insights on how socio-economic and technology trends will shape the workplace of the future. The report offers valuable insights into the kind of behavioural skills we will need to cultivate.

One key finding from the report is that we will all need to be open to learning new cognitive, motivational and social-based skills. I have recently written a bite-sized book called Future Human which captures some of the essential life skills that are well worth cultivating for the future.

Over the next few months and throughout 2024 I will be taking a deeper dive in to some of these skills and sharing some practical tips. So please do watch this space!

The ten skills include:

  1. Resilience
  2. Flexibility
  3. Initiative 
  4. Empathy
  5. Time Management
  6. Curiosity
  7. Creativity
  8. Critical Thinking
  9. Collaboration
  10. Innovation

In the words of Malcolm X: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today


Liggy Webb

Liggy Webb is an award-winning and best-selling author, presenter and international consultant at The Learning Architect

If you would like a free copy of Liggy’s bite-sized book “Future Human – How to empower yourself and thrive” please email liggy@liggywebb.com

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