Well, I don’t know what is it with Jack Ma and the next thirty years, but he has always been known to make predictions in that time range. Sometimes, his predictions are somewhat controversial but most of the times, they are those that you share too, and reason with.
He has come again and this time, he forsees a future where the work hours and work days of people would significantly reduce. He put the time range at four days a week and four hours a day. Now, you might be wondering why he thinks this way.
The advent of Artificial intelligence has in truism reduced and eliminated jobs, and made the available ones less stressful. Need I also say that there is very sharp and upward spiral in the emergence of Artificial intelligence in our world today. Don’t this tell us the same thing it tells Jack? I think it does.
In Jack’s own words, “I think in the next 30 years, people only work four hours a day and maybe four days a week,” Ma said. “My grandfather worked 16 hours a day in the farmland and [thought he was] very busy. We work eight hours, five days a week and think we are very busy.” He added that if people today are able to visit 30 places, in three decades it will be 300 places.
“The first technology revolution caused World War I,” he said, “The second technology revolution caused World War II. With machine learning and artificial intelligence, eliminating jobs, “the third technology revolution may cause the Third World War, he said.
In this same spirit, Jack was asked if machines would win, and he answered that “Machines are good at knowledge, but human beings are good at wisdom. The machine is going to be smarter than human beings, this is for sure, but human beings, they are not only smart, they have the wisdom.”
- You might want to know the difference between being smart and being wise. Well, Jacks says that “Smart people know what you want, Wise people know what you don’t want.”