DR JOHN DEMARTINI - Updated 3 weeks ago
Over the past year, there has been a noticeable increase in media coverage, discussions, and debates about developments in AI, ChatGPT, robotics, and various new disruptive technologies. These topics have been generating interest from individuals around the globe, while also leading to a growing number of questions that I’ve received.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that I’ve recently received:
- "What is your advice for individuals who are apprehensive about the rise of AI?"
When you look back at history, humankind has certainly witnessed similar reactions to technological advancements. For example, many people were initially anxious about using the first-to-market Amana Radar range microwaves in 1967, with some even deeming them as instruments of the devil that signaled the apocalypse.
Similar sentiments were expressed about barcodes, the internet, cars, telephones, cellphones, and mobile banking. With each leap in technology, there have been both pessimists foreseeing doom and gloom, and optimists envisioning zoom and boom. In other words, those frightened by it and others infatuated with it. When emotions are so polarized, it's most often a sign that there is missing or incomplete information in that individual’s perceptions.
History has shown us that every technological advancement brings its share of both advantages and disadvantages. So, while there will likely be setbacks with the rise of AI, there will also tend to be new insights and opportunities, both in terms of job prospects and disruptions to existing roles.
I believe that it’s highly likely that AI will change the landscape as we know it, but not that it signals the end of the world. Rather, these emerging and rapidly evolving technologies offer an opportunity for people to learn how to govern and regulate them more effectively.
From my perspective, should you find yourself experiencing feelings of anxiety, I would encourage you to take a moment to list the potential BENEFITS and opportunities related to these technological advancements.
Should you find yourself buying into a fantasy that AI will change the world and have more positives than negatives, it is wise to consider the DRAWBACKS as well to keep your perspective balanced.
Balance is the key to managing your emotions and preventing subjective misinterpretations from running your life. In all aspects of life, maintaining a balanced and objective perspective allows you to be proactive instead of reactive, objective instead of subjective, and someone who identifies opportunities while also mitigating potential risks.
- “How can people adapt to these profound changes in employment and the way we live, given the impending influence of AI?”
My view is that AI will drive human beings to provide value to others. Those who are unable to offer value may find themselves out of business, while those who excel in providing sustainable, fair exchanges will be more likely to thrive.
So instead of providing obstacles to employment, new technologies and AI may actually help drive you to become more effective and efficient when it comes to coming up with creative ideas and new ways to serve and add value to others.
With each AI advancement, new job opportunities will most likely emerge. So, while it may be tempting to buy into doom and gloom predictions about AI potentially replacing thousands of jobs, and being stuck in a rigid and defeatist outlook, it is wiser to be ADAPTABLE and RESILIENT.
How can you do that? By doing the work to balance your perceptions.
I firmly believe in asking quality questions that help you bring your mind into balance, so you are more centered, objective and neutral, instead of reactive, subjective and biased.
Having a balanced perspective and orientation also helps you embrace change instead of fighting the inevitable. When you’re resilient and adaptable, you’re more likely to say, “Okay, so this is happening. How can I use it to my greatest advantage?”
During my signature 2-day program, the Breakthrough Experience, I often talk about how one of the greatest questions you can ask yourself is, “How is whatever is happening out there, helping me fulfill my mission?”
If you’re on a mission to be of service to people, you’re most likely to find a way to harness advancements in technology and use them to your advantage.
In every situation, there are pros and cons, much like in relationships. As John Milton once said, "You can make a heaven out of a hell or a hell out of a heaven; thinking makes it so." The key is to remain adaptable and to continually update your knowledge to stay ahead.
To sum up, it is wise be grateful for technology and use it wisely, instead of fearing it.
Disruptive changes will inevitably affect jobs, but new opportunities and innovations will also arise.
It is wise to practice self-mastery and do the work to balance your mind, so you harness the opportunities that AI has to offer.
- “In your opinion, which human cognitive processor is essential for AI to replicate in order to truly comprehend and interact with humans effectively?”
In the same way that human beings encounter both misinformation and informed information, and real and fake news, AI will likely generate both.
As I mentioned earlier, when subjective biases and highly polarized emotional content are present, it's likely a sign of incomplete awareness, and incomplete perceptions.
AI will likely mirror these characteristics because, in the realm of marketing and sales to the masses, it will tend to tap into emotional responses. However, when dealing with more masterful individuals, AI will likely focus on factual information. So, I believe that misinformation and information will likely coexist, and AI will utilize both aspects. Not everyone is a highly educated CEO or executive; as such, AI will likely cater to diverse audiences in an effort to interact effectively with humans.
- “Human consciousness involves a wide range of emotions; how do you think AI could and should handle the complexity of human emotions?”
I have no doubt that all the emotions that humans have will be duplicated in AI – it’s already happening. AI can certainly construct algorithms that focus solely on the positive aspects, generating emotional responses, robotic movements, and accompanying sounds and images.
In the same way that your intuition currently guides you in gauging emotional distortions and facts, so too will AI try to possess these abilities.
It will likely continue to strive to emulate human behavior and excel at being human. I have no doubt that it will compete with human beings, prompting us to learn from it and come up with new ideas that can help advance us.
Just as we've learned and adapted to microorganisms causing illnesses, so too can we adapt to AI. This back-and-forth, point - counter point dynamic will likely be a constant in our interaction with AI going forwards.
- “How do you envision AI affecting self-perception and the way we relate to our potential and performance?”
The outcome largely depends on how we choose to use AI.
Viewing AI as the enemy and attempting to avoid it would likely lead to unnecessary competition and possibly being outwitted by its capabilities.
Instead, if we embrace AI, govern it wisely, and leverage its strengths while addressing its weaknesses, we can refine it, just as we've done with previous technologies.
Consider the example of the IBM electric computer in 1982; people initially feared it would replace typewriters. However, over time, word processing technology evolved and advanced, coexisting with older technologies.
AI will likely follow a similar pattern. As we encounter challenges, we have the opportunity refine and adapt. And as we recognize the advantages, we can also harness them to our benefit. AI will likely use our knowledge to its advantage but remember that it is fundamentally programmed by humans. While it may eventually become self-programming, we will likely always maintain checks and balances.
Historically, every technology has brought both advantages and disadvantages. Take the car, for instance; it provided greater mobility but also introduced traffic jams. Similarly, planes brought the convenience of faster travel but raised concerns about pollution and emissions. In the case of AI, we will most likely see a similar balance of benefits and drawbacks as we continue to integrate it into our lives.
- “You mention the Demartini Method in your teachings, which centers around balancing perceptions. How can this concept be applied to AI, particularly in decision-making and problem-solving?”
In essence, a problem often represents an incomplete awareness. It indicates that we’re likely missing information.
Claude Shannon's work in information theory highlights that we have order when we possess all the necessary information and disorder when information is lacking. Entropy, the tendency for breakdown, occurs in the absence of information.
I often say that the quality of our life is based on the quality of questions we ask. This is where the Demartini Method and the Breakthrough Experience come into play. They provide a framework for asking questions that help to bring equilibrium to the mind, help to balance the mathematical equation of our perceptions, so we can see order instead of disorder, and use reason instead of emotion. This approach also facilitates a shift in our brain from emotional animal function to self-governed, strategic executive function.
The Demartini Method is a powerful tool that helps to hold us accountable for balancing our perceptions. This scientific method can certainly be applied to AI in an effort to ensure that we keep using AI effectively to our advantage.
- “What ethical considerations should be kept in mind when creating AI that emulates human consciousness?”
If you maintain a balanced perspective, you'll be more likely to use AI wisely. It will be neither a friend nor an enemy, but a tool that you can harness for your benefit.
By avoiding extreme viewpoints, you will tend not to let emotions run rampant, and instead make objective, informed decisions about the ethical use of AI.
- “How can AI be built to encourage human growth and self-development without causing feelings of inadequacy or dependency?”
To prevent feelings of inadequacy or dependency, it is wise to focus on using AI as a means to expand your capabilities and provide better services to others. In other words, to harness the opportunity it provides for you to grow.
Your willingness to adapt and learn will ultimately determine whether AI becomes a tool that enhances your life or one that leaves you behind.
As you may have already discovered, AI can greatly enhance your ability to access information efficiently, which, in turn, enables more effective learning and problem-solving.
The speed at which you can retrieve relevant information can be a game-changer. For instance, 30 years ago, educators used encyclopedias to provide information, while today, information is instantly accessible through search engines like Google.
As AI continues to evolve, it will become even more proficient at retrieving information and responding to your inquiries. This not only can enhance your problem-solving abilities but also foster transparency in your life.
The more transparent you become, the more likely you are to address and love every aspect of yourself. So, AI can actually serve to encourage self-acceptance by helping you confront any hidden aspects of yourself that you may be ashamed of.
AI's impact on your life will also likely depend on your willingness to be transparent. Those who are open and honest will likely find it less intimidating, as they have nothing to hide. In contrast, those who harbor secrets or engage in activities they're ashamed of may feel more threatened by the increased transparency.
Additionally, AI can help you move beyond a constant state of survival, which can lead to distress and a shortened lifespan. By serving as a homeostatic mechanism and supporting authenticity, AI can play a pivotal role in helping you maximize your potential and personal growth.
As such, I would encourage you to stay current with developments, and use AI wisely to your advantage. In doing so, you'll be more likely to be one of the people who gain the upper hand in this ever-evolving landscape.
To Sum Up:
- It is my belief that artificial intelligence (AI) will not be a catastrophic force, but rather a tool that can offer you significant advantages. However, it is wise to address any fear or reluctance and embrace the opportunities AI presents.
- Transparency, enabled by ubiquitous technology like smartphones, is already reshaping the world. The government's increasing openness, as evidenced by the disclosure of unidentified aerial phenomena, points to an increase in this trend. In the age of transparency, there is little room for secrets, which can help you become more authentic.
- To prepare for AI's advancement, I encourage you to join the Breakthrough Experience. By learning the Demartini Method and prioritizing your life, you will be more likely to harness AI's potential to the fullest.
- AI is a double-edged sword, offering both benefits and challenges. It is wise to ensure that it doesn't lead to misinformation and distractions. Just like humans, AI has its positive and negative aspects, but that is something you are able to refine and regulate to your advantage.
- As human beings progress, we will tend to face new and profound problems, and AI will likely play a crucial role in solving them.
- In the coming decades, AI is predicted to evolve beyond your current comprehension. As such, it is wise to adapt to it, and use it as a tool for remarkable achievements. I encourage you to seek balanced information and use AI wisely, making the most of this transformative technology.
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