Do you discern between what is true and useful and what is false and useless?

With the rapid rise of bots, robots and the use of AI and machine learning, there is a huge gap emerging between the people who know what this technology does and the people who are just users, or merely consumers.

Although many people are digital natives, that doesn’t mean that they understand what is going on inside the machine. They just know how to use it.

There is a danger in that approach, as they then totally trust the tool to come up with the ‘right’ answers. But those answers might be flawed, or even wrong, as it might miss certain perspectives. Or the tool might draw a wrong conclusion on a limited set of data.

It is therefor needed that we start to understand how the tool works and what processes it uses. Only then we make a good discernment between what is wrong and what is right.

That means that we need to learn to cultivate the power of discernment as well as our understanding of how these new technologies work.

Let me share an example. Many people think that what is written in Wikipedia is the ‘truth’. Well, that might not be the case, as others might not have validated the answer to a particular question, or only people with a certain political inclination (e.g. Republicans) have answered that question. So, you need to know what the process is that Wikipedia uses to crowd source its content.

That means that we cannot be lazy and trust every answer to a Googled question. We still need to use our intellect; otherwise we might make wrong decisions. So, keep on learning!

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