16 Jul 2018
We fear AI’s attack on the last bastions of human intelligence instead of seeing the opportunity to redirect human effort to the pursuit of a higher purpose, greater responsibility, and more creative work. As Sal Kahn, founder of Khan academy aptly observed, “it’s all about what technology can do to allow humans to be human”. Therefore, developments are forcing us to revisit the purpose of employment. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, recently wrote that “Microsoft no longer employs people, people employ Microsoft. […] It’s about helping employees live out their personal mission in the context of Microsoft’s.”
There is a lot of talk about agile management and digital transformation as if they are exclusively about new digital tools, forgetting that their foundations rest on advancing core values such as respect, courage, trust, autonomy, ownership, and continuous learning. It is indeed paradoxical that the same companies building the tools which are expected to replace many jobs in the future, are also seeking ways of organizing that are less mechanistic and more aspirational than the corporate structures we have inherited from the industrial era.
Before technological change sweeps job markets, we should take responsibility for designing workplaces that advance humanity, not just productivity for productivity’s sake. As Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, put it
, “I’m not worried about artificial intelligence giving computers the ability to think like people. I’m more concerned about people thinking like computers.” 
 Taplin, Jonathan. Move Fast and Break Things. London: Macmillan, April 2017.
 Khan, Sal. “Education Reimagined.” Talks at Google. YouTube. Mar. 1, 2018. https://youtu.be/YkNmxJh_5WE
 Nadella, Satya. Hit Refresh. New York: Harper Business, September 2017.
 Tim Cook’s MIT Commencement Address 2017,https://youtu.be/ckjkz8zuMMs