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Why Path is about to explode as Facebook takes a hit

As kids bounce from social network to social network, a new pattern is emerging and the Path app will be the new beneficiary of these young crowds, but will it last?

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Path – three year old app getting hot

Path was launched in 2010 as a simple and private way to share life with close friends and family only, going back to the origins of why so many people loved social networking prior to it becoming mainstream – it used to feel like a small town with your closest friends, new or old. Path is an iPhone and Android app that, as demonstrated below, documents your lifestream.

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Facebook lost users to Instagram

We opined that Instagram would become the teens’ next Facebook, and we were right – kids flocked to the photo sharing app for two reasons. First, their parents and aunt and paw paw weren’t there yet, and second, scrolling through photos appeals to the shortened attention span more than scrolling through text updates (a la Facebook), and users can take in much more information at a dramatically more rapid pace.

Teens aren’t leaving Instagram, they’re still there, but guess who has showed up there, too? Mom. Dad. Grammy. Uncle Frank. Everyone. Every time kids fall in love with a social network, the adults eventually figure it out, and the party’s over. Not that kids were doing anything wrong, but it turns from their private bedroom with a bunch of friends hanging out to a family barbeque – they have to watch their language and pull their pants up.

But here’s the genius – Facebook acquired Instagram, so even if users stopped using one service in lieu of another, they were covered and could still make big bucks advertising to them.

Here’s where Path comes in

Path is a lifecasting tool that mimics what teens were doing on Facebook before their entire family showed up to spy on them – they were sharing status updates about everything they were doing in life (“just woke up, super tired,” “Katie just slapped Tina in the DRHS parking lot,” “so high right now, I can hear colors,” “gotta sleep, test tomorrow and I didn’t study,” etc.).

As teens tire of hanging out at the family barbeque that is now Facebook, they’re looking for an alternative, and while they’re not leaving Instagram based on family showing up, they are moving to Path, despite Path not being anywhere near new or shiny.

Why Facebook may take a permanent hit

You see, Facebook has now captured all generations up to the point of kids in high school and below, and those kids are looking for alternatives that allow them to be themselves as they would in their bedroom with a bunch of friends over for the afternoon. Facebook is morphing and becoming something else based not only on user culture, but on their features, and it’s a gorgeous site with an endless number of users, but kids are looking for an oasis.

As kids seek parent-free zones, and as parents continue to flock to whatever network their kids are on, the continual shift from one network to another will continue, which also creates a new problem – an entire generation of people completely fine with immediately abandoning a social network or tool for another, which will be another challenge for the future. For those that haven’t picked up on the irony – Facebook launched as a network exclusively for college kids only.

Will Path be the permanent destination for kids? Maybe, but maybe not. It seems that the first social network that is for minors only that allows kids to be grandfathered in and take the social network with them (sign up while in high school, keep your account forever, but mom/dad can’t ever sign up) will be the true winner for this generation that simply wants their independence.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. sheeshoo

    May 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I think this is a very interesting and it will be one to watch. As the mother of a teen, I know that there is another driver for where teens spend their time on social networks, and it’s a technology driver. I’ll give you an example – my son said that for a while they were actually using google plus at school because the school had blocked sites like Facebook and Twitter, but they couldn’t block google. When they were using wifi instead of their mobile networks – this mattered.

    Otherwise, what I know they actually use a lot for self-expression and community connection right now is tumblr. The demographic numbers there right now lean far into the younger crowd.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      You are absolutely right. Tumblr is huge, and Instagram remains super popular, and it’s interesting that they *were* using FB for lifecasting, and in order to preserve their natural behavior, they just pack their bags and leave when it gets too adult-y.

      I love your observation about G+, that is truly fascinating that they’re limited at times, and SO resourceful. You’re right – that will play a substantial role in the long term success of each network. Google has the advantage – good point!

  2. Troy Herman

    May 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    One of the best lines of the article: ” …they have to watch their language and pull their pants up.” HA! Thanks @twitter-12423822:disqus .. for the laugh, smile, and info.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      HA! Thanks for noticing that line, @facebook-1158574418:disqus !

  3. Parker Ragain

    May 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    FB has many privacy problems. Family, employers, the gov, are all looking at FB and I don’t like it. Plus, FB is the worst designed website I have ever seen. It is complex when it doesn’t need to be. The first rule of web design (according to Parker) is don’t over design.

    Great article Lani, don’t ever stop!

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Parker, you’re right, but don’t you think the privacy issues are simply par for the course? If Path were the size of Facebook and Facebook was the tiny app, the tables would likely be turned when it comes to privacy, no?

      The jury is out on Facebook’s design, and some say it’s getting better, but you’re right – mobile has made us all expect minimalism. For God’s sake, a toddler knows what a hamburger (three dots on upper part of an app) is and that they have to click it to make an app do stuff.

      (Also, thank you for the compliments!)

  4. Tinu

    May 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Path got buggy on my iPad for a while, used to check it every day. One of the things I loved about it was that it was a core network away from Facebook. There are very close friends and family I will never connect to on Path, because I really only want to see mostly happy moments of life.

    One network that doesn’t get much press tat I think teens will grow on is GroupMe. I love how I can talk to just my three core groups of friend, or use it as ack channel during an event. And now with the gallery history of images, it’s like a little way back machine. Great for conversation in the moment, not as great for us older folk who want to save certain things indefinitely.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Interesting thoughts on GroupMe – our teen is also using a group texting app (although she had never heard of GroupMe, it did the same thing). All of these things point to the assertion that kids want to be kids and adults want to be adults.

      But, I wonder how the current generation of kids will behave in the future now that these are all ingrained? How will social networks survive in a world where an entire generation gets bored in five minutes and turns the channel? Thoughts?

      • Tinu

        May 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        I’m hoping it’s cyclical, that they’ll get to the point where enough is too much like the 80s did with big hair. lol

  5. AmyVernon

    May 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    “this generation that simply wants their independence” = every generation. 🙂

    It’s interesting, but Path has had some MAJOR glitches with privacy and spamming its users contact books lately and has no real path (pardon the pun) to monetization. There’s only so long they can keep doing what they’re doing without turning their customers/users into a commodity. Stickers ain’t gonna cut it.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Amy, you are so right that it hurts. On all counts. 🙂

  6. Liz Scherer

    May 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I loved Path when it first launched – loved the intimacy and the ability to interact with a select few people. I am not sure that I believe that teens will be turning there, however. The interface can be wonky and it doesn’t have the instantaneousness found on, say, Twitter. I think MessageMe is the ‘it’ place for that generation – its instant, you can add photos and doodles and it’s easy.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      MessageMe and SnapChat are huge, you’re totally right! The instant gratification is huge – Path is big right now, I believe, because it mimics what kids *were* doing on FB before Mom got there – honest lifecasting. “I just woke up.” “Here’s a pic of me eating/smoking/pranking/whatev,” and “I went to bed.” All inane to adults, but completely relevant to the kid who has their 10 friends they connect with on Path.

      I’m not convinced that the long term player has emerged yet, what do you think? I’m also not convinced that Facebook couldn’t make some simple adjustments and get the kids back in a snap.

      • Liz Scherer

        May 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        I definitely don’t think that the long term play has emerged and it will be interesting to see what it is. But remember – kids have short attention spans – so perhaps it will be more than one thing.

        • Lani Rosales

          May 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

          Exactly! I think that’s why Instagram is still a hit, yet they’re searching for what allows them their independence. But now I wonder what will happen when THEY have kids. lol

  7. agbenn

    May 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    compete.com is about as accurate as al gore

    • agbenn

      May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      and I mean that on all counts, compete is a joke and they’re aware and refuse to fix it

      • JoeLoomer

        May 5, 2013 at 9:26 am

        I trust you’d know Benn, also explains why I can’t get a site I own that’s indexed over 18,000 times to even appear on compete. Any other sites you know of that are a) similar; or b) more accurate?

        Navy Chief, Navy Pride

        • agbenn

          May 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

          unless you’re feeding them your data, they’ll punish you – I will say that alexa on some occasions can show the right ups and downs on the right days, but as for count, it has no idea what it’s talking about unless you feed it your data (ie. your traffic) so it can in turn sell your statistics out the backdoor.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Additionally, as we’ve discussed elsewhere, for anyone who doesn’t know, Compete doesn’t take into account mobile visits. Even if it was accurate for web visits (which it’s not), it still misses the majority of Path users.

  8. SaintsMeachum

    June 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

    So Path is just a glorified Group Text Message or Facebook Group

  9. SaintsMeachum

    June 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

    If Path’s catch to get people to come over is that “it’s what people were doing before parents joined Facebook” then idk if that works. I’m a college kid and before my parents got Facebook and whatever, Myspace was the thing. But the big thing is that the reason we posted so much non-sense or “bad stuff” like smoking or drinking was because we were younger. We didn’t know any better. I mean I guess this would work for the younger generations like from middle school to early high school, but I’d assume they’re already posting bad things as it is right now cause they don’t know any better.

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Why tech talent is in the process of abandoning Austin

(AUSTIN TECH) There is no single reason Austin tech talent is packing their bags, but a handful of factors have collided to create a tenuous situation.

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“Nothing’s keeping me here” is a phrase we keep hearing around town. Being in the center of the tech space, we’ve been able to keep my finger on the pulse, and what we thought was primarily housing that is driving folks out of town turns out to be far more insurmountable than we could have ever imagined.

A perfect storm is brewing as the housing market collides with a dramatically transformed workforce that has become accustomed to working remotely and shifted priorities.

Last time Austin was bleeding talent, the year was 2011 and most investments were focused on early stage startups and there weren’t enough open roles that were senior level, so we started losing people to competitive markets. In response, we built a massive employment hub (the Austin Digital Jobs Group (ADJ)) and volunteered hundreds of hours to help make Austin a magnet for high quality employers.

This time around, we expressed to the Group of over 55K members that we were frustrated that people were confiding in us that they were leaving (or considering it). Some are even people that we all imagined to be part of the very fabric of Austin tech. We feel helpless this time.

Many of these talented people said that the soaring housing prices in Austin had them eyeballing smaller towns in Texas, or worse, their hometowns outside of the state. There are only so many times you can try to buy a house, get rejected, or get outbid on 22 homes before you start looking at other places. Only so many people will accept a billion percent rent increase at renewal time before thinking that going back home to Louisiana’s lookin’ pretty good.

This week, Austin CultureMap reported that Austin now ranks number two among the most overvalued home markets in America.

Tesla is getting ready to open their Gigafactory, Oracle is moving their headquarters to Austin, and Samsung is currently trying to get buy-in from city officials in Taylor so they can build their mega plant near Austin. Home investors and firms from all over are salivating.

It all feels both exciting, yet overwhelming when you’re going to buy a house here, only to get outbid by $150K over asking price from an investor in California. It’s been demoralizing for so many.

Because we also own a massive real estate publication, we’re firmly in touch with that sector, and brokers in Austin are telling us that the summer was out of control and overheated, but they’re already seeing that hyper-activity slow a bit.

Housing alone isn’t enough of a reason for an entire sector to be packing up or dreaming of leaving. So what gives?

At last count, a thread in ADJ on this topic is at 806 comments, and I personally received several hundred more via direct message with people in tech explaining why they’re leaving or considering leaving.

There are challenges within the city limits of Austin that have bubbled over like crime and separately, the contentious issue of houselessness – it’s an ongoing and very serious issue that has people leaving downtown, but not necessarily leaving the surrounding areas.

So if housing isn’t the exclusive driving force, how has that problem combined with the employment market shifts? How has the job market changed in such a way that talent is ready to hit the eject button on this town? It boils down to a changing talent pool, fractures in the hiring process, a shift in priorities, and a lingering brokenness in the entire process that is exacerbating all other conditions.

Let’s dig into that further.

Because of the global pandemic, remote work has become a staple in the tech industry, teams adjusted and realized the office is more of a luxury than a requirement, and many large brands swear that they’ll never require their employees to come into the office again.

For that reason, tech workers’ expectations have been forever changed. Fully remote options will drive the market for years to come, and hybrid options or flex work hours will also be how large tech firms attract and retain talent – ping pong tables and chill vibes will be less of an appealing sales pitch.

The pandemic has also shifted the talent pool to include everyone in America – if all workers are remote, employers no longer have to look just to the local workforce. This talent pool expansion is a double-edged sword – if an Austin tech company can look to Nebraska for workers, then remote workers can look outside of Austin to other budding tech hubs, potentially shifting the entire environment. That’s the main driver for Austin brands continuing to hire in Austin, lest the entire ecosystem fail.

All that said, a disconnect in the job market in Austin tech remains. Holdouts from attitudes and old systems of the past linger on.

A theme we continue to hear from high quality candidates is that employers have increasingly unrealistic expectations. You already know the stereotype of job listings that say they’re entry level but require a decade of work experience. But as budgets tightened in the face of uncertainty, Austin tech companies are becoming phenomenally great at hiring someone to do three jobs that pay less than one. One of our Group members asserted that employers are looking for turnkey employees. It used to be that employer job descriptions were a realistic wish list and that if you hit over 60% of them, you might get an interview. Now people believe that the requirements are becoming unrealistic and if you meet less than 100% of them, there is zero chance of an interview. Many have complained that hiring managers and recruiters continue to not be aligned, slowing the process repeatedly.

The timing of the acceleration of unrealistic expectations has locals feeling like the pandemic created conditions that allowed for employers to take advantage of job seekers who must be desperate since the world is upside down. I don’t personally believe this has anything to do with the pandemic, rather it is a continuation of an ongoing trend.

If you think this is an exaggeration, just this week a job seeker let me know that a recruiter sent them a job description that required the “ability to code in any language.” WTF. The recruiter was serious. Try telling me this isn’t out of control and I will laugh right in your face, friend.

Another serious point of contention in Austin is that salary levels are not increasing anywhere near the skyrocketing living expenses.

Many believe the salary levels are a decade old and simply can’t keep up with the market conditions in Austin and while we’ll leave the “you are a remote worker, you shouldn’t earn as much since you moved to a less expensive locale” debate to another day, we will firmly assert that this problem will hold back the tech innovation and the overall economy in Austin.

In that massive thread in our Group, one member asked, “So I guess a question is: do we accept the idea that Austin is now only for those making 6 figures??”

What is so disheartening about the salary conditions is that changing this couldn’t possibly be done overnight – it requires time and structural changes, and the bigger a company is, the slower it is to turn the proverbial ship.

Meanwhile, numerous people retired early during the pandemic, or began freelancing or consulting full time. Many of these people aren’t likely to return to the workforce under current conditions, and they feel like they have less roots in Austin – they can live anywhere now. See how remote work has caused a ripple effect?

Do you remember when some tech executives in Austin reluctantly sent employees home as the pandemic hit, flippantly warning that it wouldn’t be a coronacation!? Bad behaviors like this and other employee treatment during the pandemic haven’t and will not be forgotten – the memories will remain as fresh as the time you got shoved by that bully in elementary school. You may have forgiven, but you’ll never forget. Trust has been broken.

Trust was also broken during the pandemic when people lost what they believed to be stable jobs. It has created a certain trepidation in the marketplace.

The pandemic has forever altered all of our lives as individuals. Thousands died from COVID-19, and those of us left behind lost loved ones. We were all sent home with no job security. Many of us became homeschool teachers and somehow also had to keep up with our careers. We were forced to share spaces with our partners, our children, our parents, our family.

Some would think all of this is a recipe for resentment, but in the majority of cases, what has happened is a serious shift in priorities to favor the family, to appreciate quality time, to find solace in more quiet time and a less full calendar.

People tell us they don’t intend on going out for drinks after work when they’re called back into the office – it turns out we actually like our kids or partners now that we’ve gotten to know them, or that we value our newfound connection to old hobbies. The priorities aren’t fleeting – this pandemic has changed us.

Because of this fundamental change in who we are, ongoing problems in the employment market are now magnified.

“Isms” still plague the hiring process. Ageism continues to be a very serious problem in Austin tech, for example. People tell us that they’re still experiencing sexism, racism, ableism, and every other sort of discrimination. In 2021. It’s unbelievable. You can say all of that is simply perception, but in this scenario, perception truly is reality. And because our priorities have shifted, our giveashitters are pretty low when it comes to tolerating bad actors.

That same shift has also lowered tolerance levels for burnout. One member in the Group pointed out that after the market crash in 2008, resource levels were depleted – and here we are in 2021, they haven’t been restored. People were burned out before the pandemic, and now they’re moving to the country to work remotely and begin healing this burnout that is coming to a head.

It’s difficult to deal with ghosting (be it computer-aided or overworked recruiters) when you’re already burned out and thinking you’re the only one. It’s giving this sector a terrible reputation that is spreading.

Resources aren’t the only factor here that is stuck in 2008. Companies were so used to getting a flood of applications for every single job listing, their ATS (applicant tracking system) filters were implemented accordingly. The volume of applications has dropped, yet the filters remain overly restrictive. They put their ATS on auto-pilot once upon a time, and it remains that way, yet they continue to reach out to us in confusion, asking us where all the applicants are.

In the eyes of tech talent, the hiring process has deteriorated. Simultaneously, in the eyes of companies hiring, the process has been improved. Enhanced.

The disconnect here is not in the unrealistic expectations previously outlined, or the rising opacity in salaries, but in the actual mechanics of the hiring process. Even smaller companies have added additional rounds of interviews and ridiculous red tape in what is an effort in vain to compete with the Googles of the world. There’s a lot of what I would call “playing office” going on, with non-technical hiring managers hiring for technical roles, or unrelated staff being roped into panel interviews to weigh in on whether or not someone is a “culture fit.”

The process has become lengthy and demanding with endless personality tests, whiteboard tests, Zoom calls, questionnaires, more phone and video calls, aptitude tests, and so forth. Most people have come to accept these as hoops to jump through, but the practice of having job seekers do extensive unpaid projects as part of their job application is creating deep resentment and a growing resistance. No one expects to shake a hand and get a job today, but doing a 12 hour assignment that is due in 24 hours is unreasonable, especially unpaid and with no promise of their intellectual property being protected.

It started off as a way to aide candidates into demonstrating their true skills and it was simple. But over time, the practice has “evolved.” It feels to some like every Austin tech recruiter and hiring manager went to some evil underground conference a few years ago and were brainwashed into thinking that if they ALL assign abusive tasks, no one in the sector will notice because they’ll just accept that it’s “how things are done now.” But that’s not happening and the overly complicated process combined with other market factors is driving seriously qualified tech talent out of Austin.

The hiring process has continued to degrade and for no good reason. We actually built ADJ in a way that would directly connect hiring manager and job seeker, promoting the concept of simplifying the hiring process. Yet here we are.

The final nail in the coffin is that candidates and employers are blaming each other for a power imbalance, and thinking that their situation is unique. A feeling of isolation is growing due to peoples’ inability to openly discuss this process – both hiring folks and job seekers.

The bottom line is that numerous market conditions have converged to create a scenario where people are tired and simply won’t settle anymore. Expectations have changed. And we have changed as people.

We will inevitably get hate mail because of this editorial and folks will say that the very publication of this piece will push people out of town, but we would argue that if no one makes an effort to diagnose the growing illness, it will metastasize.

This editorial was first published here on September 09, 2021.

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Why you should at least try to declutter your quarantine workspace (and brain)

(EDITORIAL) Can’t focus? Decluttering your workspace can help you increase productivity, save money, and reduce stress.

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It’s safe to say that we’ve all been spending a lot more time in our homes these last few months. This leads us to fixate on the things we didn’t have time for before – like a loose doorknob, or an un-alphabetized bookshelf, or that we’ve put off ‘declutter’ on our to-do list for too long.

The same goes for our workspaces. Many of us have had to designate a spot at home to use for work purposes. For those of you who still need to remain on-site, you’ve likely been too busy to focus on your surroundings.

Cleaning and organizing your workspace every so often is important, regardless of the state of the world, and with so much out of our control right now, this is one of the few things we can control.

Whether you’re working from a home office or an on-site office, take some time for quarantine decluttering. According to The Washington Post, taking time to declutter can increase your productivity, lower stress, and save money (I don’t know about you, but just reading those 3 things makes me feel better already).

Clutter can cause us to feel overwhelmed and make us feel a bit frazzled. Having an office space filled with piles of paper containing irrelevant memos from five years ago or 50 different types of pens, has got to go – recycle that mess and reduce your stress. The same goes with clearing files from your computer; everything will run faster.

Speaking of running faster, decluttering and creating a cleaner workspace will also help you be more efficient and productive. Build this habit by starting small: try tidying up a bit at the end of every workday, setting yourself up for a ready-to-roll morning.

Cleaning also helps you take stock of stuff that you have so that you don’t end up buying more of it. Create a designated spot for your tools and supplies so that they’re more visible – this way, you’ll always know what you have and what needs to be replenished. This will help you stop buying more of the same product that you already have and save you money.

So, if you’ve been looking to improve your focus and clearing a little bit of that ‘quarantine brain’, start by getting your workspace in order. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to declutter and be “out with the old”; you may even be inspired to do the same for your whole house. Regardless, doing this consistently will create a positive shift in your life, increasing productivity, reducing stress, and saving you money.

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6 human skills that AI robots don’t… yet

(OPINION / EDITORIAL) It’s not unreasonable to be concerned about the growing power and skill of AI, but here are a few skills where we have the upper hand.

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Man drawing on a roll of butcher paper, where AI cannot express themselves yet.

AI is taking over the workforce as we know it. Burgers are already being flipped by robotic arms (and being flipped better), and it’s only a matter of time before commercial trucks and cars will be driven by robots (and, probably, be driven better).

It may feel unnerving to think about the shrinking number of job possibilities for future humans – what jobs will be around for humans when AI can do almost everything better than we can?

To our relief (exhale!), there are a few select skills that humans will (hopefully) always be better at than AI. The strengths that we have over AI fall into 3 general categories: Ability to convey emotion, management over others, and creativity.

Let’s break it down: Here are 6 skills that we as humans should be focusing on right now.

Our ability to undertake non-verbal communication

What does this mean for humans? We need to develop our ability to understand and communicate body language, knowing looks, and other non-verbal cues. Additionally, we need to refine our ability to make others feel warm and heard – if you work in the hospitality industry, mastering these abilities will give you an edge over the AI technologies that might replace you.

Our ability to show deep empathy to customers

Unlike AI, we share experiences with other humans and can therefore show empathy to customers. Never underestimate how powerful your deep understanding of being human will be when you’re pitted against a robot for a job. It might just be the thing that gives you a cutting edge.

Our ability to undertake growth management

As of this moment, humans are superior to AI when it comes to managing others. We are able to support organization members in developing their skillsets and, due to our coaching ability, we are able to help others to grow professionally. Take that, AI!

Our ability to employ mind management

What this essentially means is that we can support others. Humans have counseling skills, which means we are able to help someone in distress, whether that stems from interpersonal relationships or professional problems. Can you imagine an AI therapist?

Our ability to perform collective intelligence management

Human creativity, especially as it relates to putting individual ideas together to form an innovative new one, gives us a leg up when competing against AI. Humans are able to foster group thought, to manage and channel it, to create something bigger and better than what existed before. Like, when we created AI in the first place.

Our ability to realize new ideas in an organization

Think: Elevator pitch. Humans are masters of marketing new ideas and are completely in-tune with how to propose new concepts to an organization because, you guessed it, we too are human. If the manager remains human in the future (fingers crossed!), then we know what to say to them to best sell our point of view.

Using what we know, it’s essential for almost all of us to retrain for an AI-driven economy that is most likely just a few years away. My advice for my fellow humans? Develop the parts of you that make you human. Practice eye contact and listening. Think about big pictures and the best way to manage others. Sharpen your mind with practicing creative processes. And do stay up to date with current trends in AI tech. Sooner or later, these babies are bound to be your co-workers.

This story was first published here in October of 2020.

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