I have to admit that this book wasn’t on my radar, but after landing on its Amazon page I noticed that it had won Business Book of the Year at the 2020 Business Book Awards.
Through more investigation, I discovered that it had an average Amazon review score of 4.9 out of 5.0! (Wow!)
Needless to say, my expectations were set very high!
What’s the book about?
The main premise of the book is that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is going to be the next big technological wave that’s going to hit the world, and in some places, it’s already started taking over.
It’s inevitable that more and more people will be replaced by this technology so the author looks at how humans may still have a valuable role in such an environment.
The book isn’t telling you to try to compete with AI. If you did this, you would lose! AI will be able to complete tasks much quicker, with less error, and at a lower cost than you ever would be able to achieve.
Instead, the book’s aim is to help you identify and develop the skills that AI cannot replicate, and therefore help you to remain valuable and employable in this new era.
Who is this book for?
I feel as though this book is more aimed at employees, rather than business owners and entrepreneurs who create their own income streams.
Employees, on the other hand, need to demonstrate how they can be of value to a company, and they are not as valuable if that organization can pay for a piece of AI equipment that will do that person’s job faster, more efficiently, more cheaply, etc.
It will be the business owners and entrepreneurs using and implementing AI. Therefore, employees will need to be able to demonstrate how they can work alongside it, rather than compete with it, otherwise, their role will become redundant.
The Four Cs
Much of this book revolves around what the author calls the Four Cs:
These skills are set to become extremely important and will make people more employable and more valuable to businesses because these are the skills that cannot easily be replicated by AI.
What did I think?
I have to be honest and say that when I began reading the book, the first quarter left me feeling rather indifferent. It just wasn’t living up to those high expectations.
However, as I got further into the book, I began to enjoy it more and more, and I also found it to be very well-researched and the points made to be very well-argued.
I was beginning to form my own ideas as to how I can improve my own skills in line with the Four Cs and how I could make myself more valuable.
You’ve lost me …
There is one thing about the structure of this book that rather lost me.
So, the book is about these Four Cs, but the author likes to overlap those with something that he likes to call “Dance Steps.”
I found those Dance Steps rather confusing, and later in the book, when the author referenced them, I was totally lost, and I didn’t understand what he was talking about!
I could easily grasp the Four Cs, but these Dance Steps were one step too far for me (pun intended).
The book is very practical.
As you’re reading the book, small boxes are included that are called “Human Experiments.” These are things for you to think about or try out. They demonstrate what the author is talking about and allow you to experience them for yourself.
I do enjoy these parts and I like it when the author gives this type of extra value to the reader.
My favorite quote from the book …
This is actually a quote of a quote…
The author notes this quote in the book and I thought it was so wonderful I had to share it.
“It’s worth remembering that your brain is never directly exposed to sunlight. Instead, light receptors in your eyes transmit messages to the brain, which then create the world you see. So, we’re all constantly interpreting a made-up world of our own design. Because of this, we might as well tell it a story that inspires us.”
Although that has nothing to do with being employable in a world filled with artificial intelligence, I thought it was a great quote that sums up the individual world view that each of us has; where one person will see doom and gloom another will see opportunities and abundance.
Please let me know what you thought about that quote and any other similar quotes that you have read in the comments box below.
My overall thoughts
Once I got into the book, I began to really enjoy it and the value that it provided was off the scale.
Even though the core concept of the book is how you can differentiate yourself from AI and ensure that you remain valuable, there are lots of other personal development “golden nuggets” along the way that you will find interesting and useful
On a personal note, I’d also like to add that after reading this book and understanding more about the future of AI, I put money into a fund that specifically invests in artificial intelligence technology and it has been my best performing investment to date. Just a little something extra to think about.
What did you think?
This review is my personal opinion of The Human Edge.
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The Human Edge
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) set to be the 'next big thing' many employees face an uncertain future. The Human Edge helps you to identify ways in which you can differentiate yourself from AI by making yourself more valuable in areas that AI cannot compete with. A very well written and researched book.
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