Today, when logging onto a secure website, it’s common practice that you be required to check a box that says, “I’m not a robot.” This signals that you are indeed a human and are coming to the site with natural intelligence (and, hopefully, the intention of doing only good things).

Imagine a day at work soon when in order to join a conference call you’ll also have to confirm your humanity. You’ll have to check a box on your smartphone that says, “I’m not a robot.” This will signal to your peers that you are not some form of artificial intelligence; you possess the judgment skills of a human.

By checking the “I’m not a robot” box, you’ll be informing your team that you can demonstrate empathy. You know how to collaborate with other human beings. You can create the conditions for trust with others because you are first trustworthy. You have heart.

But wait. Some people you work with don’t demonstrate those behaviors now. Which means, conceivably, that those will be some of the first people replaced by a robot. After all, why would someone continue to collect a paycheck if they didn’t bring the heart-skills that differentiate them from AI?

I’m not a robot: The future of work is here. The march toward incorporating non-human intelligence into our daily lives is quickening. We must realize our greater humanity even faster.

We are not robots. Let’s prove it.

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