In a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly present in decision-making, it is vital to recognize its limitations. AI algorithms can analyze data and patterns to make predictions and recommendations, but they cannot replicate critical thinking, empathy, and a deep understanding of the perspectives of others. As we advance into a new era of innovation, it is crucial to acknowledge the value of the human factor, contextualize our decision-making processes, and prioritize training the next generation of leaders to think beyond the limitations of AI.
Philosophy can provide a framework for understanding complex issues, and its integration throughout college majors can provide context for each field of study. To equip students with the necessary skills to complement AI technology, educational institutions, and training programs should integrate philosophical concepts throughout majors to provide context for each field of study. This idea was proposed by Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor who recommended renaming philosophy as “Big Questions of Life” and urging its reintroduction as a requirement for graduation. By studying the wisdom of great thinkers and understanding the human issues faced by our predecessors, students can develop critical thinking, empathy, and a deep understanding of human perspectives. This integration can prepare the next generation of leaders to think beyond the limitations of AI and make difficult decisions in the face of unprecedented challenges.
AI algorithms have demonstrated their ability to process vast amounts of data and provide valuable insights. However, it is crucial to recognize that machines are not infallible and cannot fully capture the nuances of human decision-making affected by pain and suffering.
To paraphrase author Ray Bradbury: “Machines don’t improvise. They don’t know what it means to leap off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.” In contrast, human leaders can adapt and, throughout history, have made difficult decisions in the face of unprecedented challenges. Such action takes flexibility, faith, and dedication to fight for survival against all odds.
A recent example is Ukrainian President Zelensky’s unpredictable success as a crisis leader. A political newcomer with a less-than-robust platform, Zelensky began his presidency and faced the challenge of governing a country mired in corruption. However, when Russia invaded, he transformed into an articulate and global communicator who rallied the free world. The combination of Ukrainian history marred by Nazi and Soviet oppression and the 2022 anguish and death faced in Bucha gave rise to an unconquerable determination among the people to resist.
In 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, the signers were also bound by a history of religious and political persecution and a shared desire for freedom. Although they came from diverse backgrounds and held different views, they could agree on the principles and values that formed the foundation of the new nation based on their study of Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau.
Gandhi’s emphasis on non-violent resistance and civil disobedience to achieve social and political change was grounded on philosophy, deeply influenced by Indian traditions, religious beliefs, and his experiences living under British colonialism. He also drew inspiration from various Western philosophers and thinkers, including Henry David Thoreau, and maintained ongoing correspondence with Leo Tolstoy. Gandhi’s teachings continue to inspire people today.
In each case, unlikely heroes persevered, utilizing intellect, determination, and unwavering dedication to overcome more powerful regimes in a quest for freedom.
In a recent study of AI, D.L. Moody Center’s President James Spencer, Ph.D., emphasized to his religious adherents that technology is not the fundamental source of any difficulties we encounter nor the ultimate remedy for the world’s problems. Ultimately, every choice we make in life boils down to people. Humans are the root of our predicaments, bear the consequences of challenges, and are responsible for resolving them.
In today’s rapidly changing world, AI technology can help us make more accurate choices; however, we must recognize the limitations and potential risks of relying solely on machines for decision-making. While AI algorithms can provide valuable insights, they cannot replace critical thinking, empathy, and a deep understanding of human perspectives.
We cannot rely solely on technology to chart the course of our lives. Ultimately, the choices we make as individuals will determine our destiny. By studying the wisdom of great thinkers, we can develop our beliefs and values and become wiser leaders. Encouraging free thought and open dialogue within academia can lead to a more diverse and inclusive society that uses technology to improve lives. Furthermore, discussing the value of faith can provide social cohesion, moral guidance, and hope, contributing to a more stable society.
A balance between AI and human decision-making, combined with a deep understanding of history, philosophy, and faith, can allow us to leverage AI for a better future for all.
Written by Lisa Gable.
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