The Power of Lifelong Unlearning For A Generation Obsessed With Lifelong Learning

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We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory — Louise Glück

Prologue: A Constant Struggle

It is rather unfortunate that, at most times, my capacity to unlearn continues to diminish as my mind hardens to a set of philosophies that many would characterize a ‘normal’ life. Also, a barrage of everyday messaging urging me to be a lifelong learner somehow does not seem to placate an already angry mind. Is learning supposed to be accretive or is it a process of creative destruction which involves unlearning old ways to create space for new ideas to flourish?

As a futurist, I…

GPT-3, The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Humans and The Looming Takeover of Creative Processes

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“We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.”― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

On May 29, 2020, researchers at the Elon Musk, Sam Altman founded OpenAI released a research paper on GPT-3. GPT-3 is at once an innocuous acronym and a harbinger of a very different future — one where AI ends up what many predict to be the death of the final vestige of human excellence — ’creativity’. Of course, many argue this is an overtly simplistic…

Why The Biggest Life Hack Isn’t A Hack At All

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Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day-if you live long enough-like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve —

Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

Most of us have used life hacks on one or more occasions in our lives. However, a more profound question is: why do we want to use hacks at all? Think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the ultimate hack. We want machines to do…

The Role Of ESG Investing In Catalyzing A Paradigm Shift In Business

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We cannot choose between growth and sustainability — we must have both — Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

I began working as an internal auditor at Unilever’s subsidiary Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in India for over 3 years beginning in the summer of 2001 . My role took me to factories manufacturing home and personal care products ranging from soaps, detergents to shampoos all across India. I also visited a few factories manufacturing fertilizers used in agricultural lands across India. In all of my years, nothing made me prouder of Unilever than its rich heritage. A close second would be its…

Why Machines Can Never Equal Humans

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No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it — Albert Einstein

This essay provides a framework for my readers to conduct small thought experiments of their own to come to their own opinion on whether a world ruled by robots is a possibility. My endeavor here is to not use any charts, data or expert opinions to guide my thoughts. This simplicity is intentional — I don’t want anything except my own personal biases (which I have many) to complicate the issue.

As of today, such a radically alternate reality doesn’t appear to be…

Why The Pursuit Of Minimalism Is A Very Meaningful Journey

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Black holes are where God divided by zero — Albert Einstein

The great Mahatma Gandhi (father of modern India) had this to say about truth and non-violence: “I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-Violence are as old as the hills”.

What Ancient Mendicants Can Teach Us About Life, Leadership and the Pursuit Of Happiness

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As long as a human being worries about when he will die, and what he has that is his, all of his works are zero.

When affection for the I-creature and what it owns is dead, then the work of the Teacher is over — Sant Kabir

Pandemics have no silver linings, I keep telling myself. I also remind myself that I need to do whatever I can to help people as they navigate these uncharted and dangerous waters. I keep hoping and praying for the well being of everyone on this planet. Having said that, house arrest has forced…

Why It Should Not Take A Global Pandemic To Reshape Financial Inclusion Into An Urgent and Solvable Humanitarian Agenda

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And, perhaps most urgently, how can society help all those people the markets have left behind?”
Abhijit V. Banerjee, Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems

The CoVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health epidemic and an economic recession later for nothing trumps the health and well being of the global population. However, for many that are not already infected, this epidemic has manifested itself as an economic problem before being a health issue. These are employees, restaurateurs, small business owners, street merchants, vendors and entrepreneurs who have lost their ability to earn a…

Why Understanding Risk Intimately Is Key To A Meaningful Life

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Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can, because these things don’t last your whole life — Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

People aren’t stupid. The problem is that our educational system has an amazing blind spot concerning risk literacy. We teach our children the mathematics of certainty — geometry and trigonometry — but not the mathematics of uncertainty, statistical thinking. And we teach our children biology but not the psychology that shapes their fears and desires. …

Why Extreme Reductionism Is Not The Best Approach To Understanding The World

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“If you have reasons to love someone, you don’t love them.”
Slavoj Žižek

There are many ways to understand the world we live in. One of the most practical ways to understand it is to put elements of it into a framework. A framework is commonly understood as a basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text. Sure, frameworks are delightful — they are like learning from someone else’s experience. What if you could just put a straw into a genius brain and consume all the knowledge. Very convenient but very biased as well.

An even easier way to…

Abhishek Kothari

Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba

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