WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY? BY NATE STEGNER
Well that’s an easy question to answer: My perpetual fear of society being overrun by robots.
Every year some new gizmo or the next thingamajig is invented and two things happen. First, life gets a little easier for humans. Second, the robots get one more point on the board, making us that much closer to being completely reliant on them. Obviously innovation is a good thing, and obviously if it weren’t for inventions like the remote, I would get caught in a void of watching the same TV channel for days, weeks, possibly months at a time. But what happens when there is a robot for every single job and no more need for humans? What happens when the robots realize this and begin an “efficiency cleanse?”
Hopefully you understand I’m exaggerating. We are many, many years away from potential robot genocide. However, in a world where we are constantly creating systems and software to save time and money, it is extremely important to recognize your value in every role. In my opinion, the most valuable quality one can have is creativity. Creativity is a resource that cannot be replicated. There is no alternative and it is becoming more important every year. At no point will a machine be able to think creatively, and emotionally move people the way humans do.
It’s easy to look at the world and feel small. My challenge for you is to never take yourself for granted. Your ability to think differently is what the world revolves around. As long as you think creatively and act with passion, there will always be a place for you to thrive. (Even if it’s working for your robot overlords.)