“You’re only human.” These are the reassuring words I hear from my mom when I really mess something up. It took me a long time—and more than a few mistakes to realize she was probably onto something.
In my last semester of college, I decided to take a class that was outside of my comfort zone. Fast forward a few weeks to my “Creative Coding” class where my professor was explaining that computers will do exactly what you tell them to do: “The program itself will not make mistakes…if anything, errors stem from human input”. He stressed, however, that creativity and design are capabilities that are also unique to humans.
For homework, everyone had to code a program with a background color and the same number of points and lines. As each person presented their assignment, we were shocked to find that no two designs looked the same. Some—including mine—were straightforward and simple, while others were insanely complicated and inventive. Through this demonstration, our professor’s point was clear to us: computers and robots can’t manage to be original on their own, it is a capability reserved for those that are “only human”.
Ironically, it’s the things that are only human that set us up for life-long work: empathy, spontaneity, intuition, creativity. And that’s what the fifth episode of Fortune Favors the Bold: Future-Proofing Your Career is all about. In “Future-Proofing Your Career”, host Ashley C. Ford and guests explore how learning doesn’t stop as soon as you get your degree. Instead, developing new skills and tapping into your creative side is more important than ever in today’s evolving technological landscape.
In the age where there’s an app for everything, the episode encourages listeners to tap into their interests and hone in on the human skills that set them apart. As a true shoe addict, I loved hearing about how Chris Donovan pursued his dream in shoe design, and learned how to use Photoshop, 3D printing, and social media as tools to elevate his work. All the while, Donovan knew that although computers could probably produce shoes, they don’t have the passion or experiences to push a designer out of business. Chris Donovan is making the future of technology work for him. Will you?