Owen Kelly (Business) writes about reclaiming lost humanity in the workplace

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Sir, Miranda Green’s review of Svend Brinkmann’s recent book, which reminds us of the need to develop the wisdom and resilience to endure our replacement by robots in the workplace, scratches the surface of a much larger question (“Stoicism is having a moment in the robot revolution”, FT.com, March 21). If artificial intelligence and machine learning reduce the scope for us to give meaning and purpose to our lives through work, our entire approach to education needs to change. Aristotle argues that the purpose of each human being is to live a good and fulfilled life and that the means to do so can be acquired through habituation. If we build our education systems and values from this idea, rather than from the instrumentalist desire to provide human robots for the workforce, we would reclaim some of the humanity that has already been lost in the workplace and might, in time, disappear altogether.

Period21 Mar 2017

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  • TitleReclaim humanity that the workplace has lost
    Media name/outletThe Financial Times
    PersonsOwen Kelly