Our Business Book Club choice and Business Book of the Year, The Human Edge, was very well received and scored a generous 8/10. I recommend you grab yourself a copy.
Author Greg Orme used to be a journalist – and it shows. He employs a warm, chatty writing style and makes the subject very accessible.
We can’t compete with AI, but if we develop our unique human powers we can work in tandem with it, survive and thrive. Greg shows us how to develop these skills.
After rather an alarming start (are we all going to be redundant? How useful am I?) the book made me think deeply about what I have to offer, and this was encouraging.
It’s divided into four sections: Consciousness, Curiosity, Creativity and Collaboration, each containing two ‘dance steps’ to explore – a very good device.
It also contains some excellent, thought-provoking (and difficult) exercises – I haven’t completed them all yet due to the level of thought and time required to do so, but I plan to revisit them soon.
One of the biggest takeaways I got was from the Distractions section – I am very easily distracted and have used the strategies suggested in the book to help deal with this. If you are not creative (or don’t think you are – you may well be) you’ll find the chapter on Creativity most useful.
The earliest that AI will be sentient is 2055, and perhaps never, so we may not have anything to worry about, but developing our Human Edge can only be for the good.
About the author
Annette Peppis leads the team at Peppis Designworks, a creative hub of established publishing industry experts who create books, branding, marketing material and design templates for leading publishers and businesses. Keep in touch by subscribing to Annette’s bi-monthly emails.