Friday, May 4, 2012

Android to Human - Step back to step forward

Is being high paid so important and ever enough? For a lot us it would be a sort of appalling question to hear. For many though it is a genuine gentle question they might have asked innumerable times to themselves. Earning could possibly never be an abhorrence. However the difference lies in what one wants to earn. Masses of people yearn to earn, everyone in your circles and those in their circles might be seen to be racing for riches. The rule is to rule the ‘game of life’ with the wand of might, and the might is money, period.

I have heard it for as old as I am and everyone else too, but the modus operandi of ‘Earn more money to feel more Powerful’ unfortunately ceases to apply after ascending a few levels on the Maslow's hierarchy of needs.  There is tiny yet swelling size of population who believes that to live is to learn. Though learning incurs some cost, the cost is balanced by the values we discover, values that make us constant practitioners of persistence. It might sound like an old school thought to many of us, but the fact of the matter is that it is already the time to go back to school and check our lessons of moral science business ethics or whatever way you have learned it. I am confident it wasn’t an optional subject then, some of us just chose to skip the sessions and others took pride in filtering them out.

Good news is, the few who have got it right are setting it right. But as you just reflected - they are few and far. How many times you have seen people voicing it up and voicing it unadulterated, calling a day off to retrospectively introspect. Not many and it’s not an obligation either, today’s ultra-specialized society and the super specialist society men can’t afford to step back, they are in a mission to innovate, and the millennium’s theory of disruptive innovation endorses androids and not individuals. So what do we do with the individuals, as we realize we can’t ignore them - deport them to another planet that is evolving on humanoid….or preserve them in chests until they turn into frozen androids.

Zoom in and look within, what draws the line between a Human and an Android. It’s probably the innate capability to stand for our own, having a non-negotiable sense of righteousness and holding tight onto it. Only when we do that, is when we gain the strength to stand for other human – we think or not, the nature thinks it is important! As an approver of humanism, I am ever more concerned about the growing thrust of fitting in an Android frame. There is evidently a lot of Artificial Intelligence around because it has been the vision of 21st century world, however what is the royalty for the very humanness, in the entire commerce of intelligence? How do we deal with people who can’t stand for their values (viz. they don’t choose to) who debase the integrity their own demand that of others because they feel it’s much important to Challenge – Compete - Win. They are the frightened lots at their core, they fear the possibility of dialysis and disapproval, they fear to lose and lose what – the greed that allows them to claim the world having no bigger truth than Androids!

Some sell their truth for means, some for medicines, some for mechanics, some for power and some for a little more politics. Out of all those and more, I would only admire the medicines group, so long as they are used for their humane motives.

What makes it so difficult for people to accept a simple truth....correct a mistake when they commit it. Among Androids, it would be 0 or 1, true or false, right or wrong. Among human beings, it's a chain of learning - learning from faults, criticisms, rectifications and internal wisdom that blooms when we open up to it, a vision that transforms us humanly if we allow it to. People often dismiss or ignore the opportunity for inward transformation because in their  strong opinion it’s much more important to rally with the wisdom of masses and  they think contributing their bit to the messed up modern wisdom is essential for their existence. 
A little extra effort to widen our vision, looking beyond the easy vicinity, taking time to quiet and listening the inner voices, instills a whole rainbow of differences in our perspective. Ultimately at the end of every light-day it’s a call if one wants to exist- lively or lay-lethally.

So the next time you think of rewards, recognize the individual, the human who lives in it and the way he would like to be rewarded – it’s not means and money that matter all the times.

On balance, individuality is to cook your own food, knit your own yarn, do your own dishes, brush your own metal and take your own call when it comes to decision making. In short, it’s the integrity of an individual that matters and not the integral account balance. Individuality is fundamental to human, as the mechanics is to Android. 

With that I remind myself, every android is made for a human touch and not vice versa.