Tuesday, 7 November, 2017
To an economist, humanness is what happens when people aren’t super-rational calculating machines—the human side is how people actually are.
Some humanness is good, and Indeed Chief Economist Jed Kolko will talk about how to accept or embrace the good side of humans at work. Yet, the human side of work also means bias and cognitive limits, which we want to suppress or overcome. One way of overcoming the bad side of humanness is to rely more on “machines” that are powered by innovative, evolving algorithms. Though algorithms can do what humans can’t, algorithms have their own challenges: they can sometimes reinforce the bad side of humanness, while losing the good side. Only humans know how to find the right balance between humanness and the machines.