Portrait of Ray Kurzweil by Katarina Countiss
Excerpts from Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Kaku, Michio (Book – 2011)
In my field of physics, I see that most of us engage in physics not for the money but for the sheer joy of discovery and innovation. Often, we passed up lucrative jobs in other fields because we canted to pursue a dream, not the dollar. The artists and intellectuals I know also feel the same way—that their goal is not to amass a big as a bank account as possible but to be creative and ennoble the human spirit.
So among white-collar workers, the winners will be those who can provide useful common sense. This means workers involved with creativity—artwork, acting, telling jokes, writing software, leadership, analysis, science, creativity—qualities that ‘make us human.’
People in the arts will have jobs, since the Internet has an insatiable appetite for creative art. Computers are great at duplicating art and helping artists to embellish art, but they are miserable at originating new forms of it. Art that inspires intrigues, evokes emotions, and thrills us is beyond the capability of a computer, because all these qualities involve common sense.