Mindfulness and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Jamie Bristow, Director of the Mindfulness Initiative, has written this ingenious article on the place of mindfulness in the fourth industrial revolution.
Truly, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, we cannot recommend that you find ten minutes to read this article (perhaps whilst having a nice cup of tea) highly enough.
Jamie Bristow, Director of the Mindfulness Initiative, has written this ingenious article on the place of mindfulness in the fourth industrial revolution. He regales us with both fascinating and shocking statistics from the outset. For example, he cites a 2015 study which predicted that one-in-four US jobs will be automated within ten years (undertaken by computers, machines and other means) and that the jobs of many administrative and clerical workers are no safer than those of manual workers. In fact, Uber founder Travis Kalanik has predicted that most taxis will be automated within 5-10 years. It is difficult to imagine the kind of world we are very possibly, very soon, moving into.
Whatever machinery and artificial intelligence may be able to achieve both now and in the future, there is absolutely no substitute for human compassion. Jamie writes compellingly about the need for more ‘human-centred thinking’ whilst exploring and cultivating what makes us most uniquely human. Part of this is utlilsing the ways, including mindfulness, of cultivating human happiness. He then goes on to describe in depth the three ways he believes that mindfulness can prepare us to meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution through: developing our capacity for compassionate thinking; providing a competitive edge for the 21st century skill sets including consciousness and empathy; and expanding our ability to live a life of meaning.
To read the full and brilliantly written article, please click on the link below.