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420 Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: I, human

“I, Human” explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, adaptability, and human skills in navigating the changing landscape of work and life.



In "I, Human," Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic provides a comprehensive guide to developing self-awareness and thriving in an era of rapid technological advancements. He explores the skills, mindsets, and behaviors necessary for individuals to succeed in the digital world, while also addressing the potential risks and ethical considerations associated with technology.


  1. Title: "I, Human: How to Be More Self-Aware, Embrace Change, and Thrive in a Digital World" 
  2. Author: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic 
  3. Publishing Year: 2021 
  4. Publisher: Piatkus 
  5. Length in Hours: 4 hours and 56 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The significance of self-awareness in understanding one's strengths, weaknesses, and values in the context of a technology-driven society.
  2. The importance of adaptability and continuous learning to embrace change, navigate uncertainty, and remain relevant in the face of automation and AI.
  3. The value of human skills, such as critical thinking, empathy, creativity, and collaboration, in complementing and differentiating from technology.
  4. The exploration of ethical considerations related to technology, including privacy, data security, algorithmic bias, and the potential impact on mental well-being.
  5. Strategies for cultivating a healthy relationship with technology, including setting boundaries, managing digital distractions, and prioritizing human connections.

5 funny quotes

  1. "If AI could dream, would it dream of electric sheep or virtual reality?"
  2. "When it comes to AI, the possibilities are as endless as the number of cat videos on the internet."
  3. "AI-powered virtual assistants may be great at scheduling your day, but can they pick out the perfect birthday gift for your partner?"
  4. "AI-generated jokes may make us laugh, but they still have a long way to go before they can match a stand-up comedian's wit."
  5. "Just remember, no matter how smart your virtual assistant becomes, it will never be able to love you like a loyal pet."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "We must remember that AI is not a panacea; it's a tool that should amplify our human potential, not replace it."
  2. "As AI advances, the most valuable skills will be those that are distinctly human: creativity, empathy, and critical thinking."
  3. "The AI revolution demands that we become more self-aware as humans, embracing our unique traits and capabilities."
  4. "By examining our biases, we can ensure that AI systems are designed to be fair, just, and inclusive."
  5. "The ultimate challenge is to create a future where humans and machines collaborate effectively, leveraging their respective strengths."

5 dilemmas

  1. Privacy vs. Personalization: How do we strike the right balance between protecting user privacy and leveraging personal data to improve AI systems?
  2. Job Displacement vs. Job Creation: How can societies adapt to the changing nature of work in an AI-dominated world, ensuring equitable opportunities for all?
  3. Human Oversight vs. Autonomous AI: What level of human control and decision-making authority should be maintained when utilizing AI in critical domains like healthcare or transportation?
  4. Transparency vs. Intellectual Property: Should AI algorithms be transparent and explainable, even if it means revealing proprietary information?
  5. Bias Mitigation vs. AI Autonomy: How can we ensure that AI systems are fair and unbiased while allowing them to learn and adapt independently?

5 examples

  1. Google's DeepMind is pushing the boundaries of AI research, striving to create more intelligent and adaptable machines.
  2. The United Nations established the AI for Good initiative, aiming to harness the power of AI to tackle global challenges.
  3. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has voiced concerns about the existential risks associated with advanced AI development.
  4. IBM's Watson, a cognitive computing system, is revolutionizing industries such as healthcare, finance, and customer service.
  5. The Turing Test, proposed by Alan Turing, assesses a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior indistinguishable from that of a human.

Referenced books

  1. "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
  2. "Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control" by Stuart Russell
  3. "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by Cathy O'Neil
  4. "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  5. "Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow" by Yuval Noah Harari

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