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Should Tech Replace Humans or Help Them?

Aug 26, 2016
CATEGORY: Economy, Technology, U.S.A.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, admits technology is replacing jobs that humans used to do, but ultimately he sees tech as a partner rather than a job-killer. ”I do want technology that is fundamentally going to bring out the best in us,” he says, “and give us the avenues to be more creative, and provide us with the impact that we all seek to have in the world.”

Still, a recent product from Microsoft takes a traditionally human-powered job and makes it digital. Cortana acts as a digital personal assistant, giving a user reminders, managing their calendar and sending email and texts. “It’s not about replacing my administrative assistant,” Nadella says, “it’s about giving me my time back.” He says in our tech-rich world, many people no longer have the attention span to “really live a full life.”

Nadella continues the conversation in the clip below. He explains why software engineers need re-skilling, and how creativity is the key to building more jobs in the digital age.

Watch the entire Afternoon of Conversation below, which includes Nadella’s discussion with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson.


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