Have you heard of the term humanification? In this Expert Insight Interview, Christian Kromme, a futurist, motivational speaker, and author, discusses his book Humanification: Go Digital, Stay Human. How Technology Will Advance Humanity Towards More Meaningful Future.
The interview discusses:
- The Principal of humanification
- Constant innovation
- Expecting and embracing the change
Technology today is perceived as a cold and external body. Thus, humanification deals with creating technology that is invisible and more in alignment with human beings. The idea is that technology takes over more of a human’s basic needs, enabling us to focus better on our complex needs.
Nowadays, a small group of influential people uses technology to control other people. We can see it the best in the example of social media. Instead, it should be quite the opposite, and all people should use social media for the greater good. Thus, in the Netherlands, new platforms are being created. These revolutionary platforms will be owned by people and used to empower human society.
Technological processes are so dynamic nowadays that they require constant innovation and reinvention. There are new companies, which are all about artificial intelligence and continuous learning. Because of artificial intelligence, these companies are more fluid and easy to adapt to situations in real-time. They also require different work approaches than traditional organizations.
Moreover, people’s hard skills will get automated, and they will become a commodity and lose value. The full focus will be on soft skills that machines cannot provide, such as emotional intelligence, communication, creativity, empathy, etc. That shift will come naturally. Some would say that shift has already started with the pandemic and transition to work from home. People value soft skills more and try to connect and build meaningful relationships with people virtually.
Expect and Embrace the Change
The technological evolution comes in waves. Each new wave is substantially more impactful than the previous one. In the last 20 years, we could witness the rise of the internet, e-commerce, smartphones, and apps. However, the expectations are that the next wave will double the change much faster. It might take only ten years for a noticeable impact of the next wave. We see a transition from learning to adapt to technology to adapting technology to the people. Today, if you can speak, artificial intelligence can adapt to you. The next wave will bring holographic technology, making it even easier by being visual as well.
Furthermore, to use humanification to their benefit, people should invest time to find their purpose and improve social skills. In conclusion, the sooner we accept, embrace, and democratize the technology, the sooner we will be able to use it to our advantage and the greater good.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.