This technological shift is challenging the very essence of what it means to be human. News headlines pose existential questions that used to belong in the pages of science fiction: Will a machine take my job? If we can't compete with artificial intelligence, what's left? And even ...Do I matter anymore?
People are anxious about the skills they need to survive. In the face of this tsunami of change it's tempting to cling to what you know. But intellectual retrenchment is dangerous, as we need to do the opposite. In 2017, a team of Nesta researchers analyzed the skills people will need in 2030. They advised focusing on: "...developing the uniquely human skills ... such as originality, fluency of ideas ... lifelong learning and reskilling." Writer and journalist Ian Leslie concluded in his 2017 book "Curious": "The truly curious will be increasingly in demand. Employers are looking for people who can do more than follow procedures competently or respond to requests; who have a strong intrinsic desire to learn, solve problems and ask penetrating questions." To successfully differentiate ourselves from artificial intelligence, we need to become even more human, humans. Our uniquely human, innate urge to be curious is a great place to start.
Sadly, curiosity is not always encouraged at work. In the risk-averse, results-driven, top-down cultures of many businesses, it's often seen as an impertinent threat to the boss, or at best a rather wasteful luxury. But to survive in a changing world, we all need to be creative. The first step toward more creative thoughts is always curiosity. There's good news. You can develop your natural curiosity with practice. It's not just a personality trait, but also a state of being. It's like any skill. Exercise it, and it will get strong. Neglect it and it will become weak and flabby. So, here are a few helpful routes to help build your curiosity muscles.