1 + 1 = 3?

Working alone, there’s only so much we can accomplish. Working in a team, the results can be exponentially increased.

Cooperation is key to effective teamwork.

1 + 1 = 3 when two people realise that they can complement each others’ skills when working together. That’s when creative ideas start to flow and become implemented, that’s when real development starts to kick in.

When it comes to artificial intelligence, 1 + 1 will only ever equal 2. Only the productive collaboration of two humans can produce something that exceeds expectations.

My grandfather said this once, and only now I come to realise how true it is:

1 plus 1 can equal 3.



Artificial intelligence is now making its way into the workforce – as this The Economist article reports. And no doubt, it will transform the workplace.

“… firms of all types are harnessing AI to forecast demand, hire workers and deal with customers” 

The goal is clearly to improve efficiency and productivity and to help make decisions without prejudice and biases:

“Using AI, managers can gain extraordinary control over their employees. Amazon has patented a wristband that tracks the hand movements of warehouse workers and uses vibrations to nudge them into being more efficient. Workday, a software firm, crunches around 60 factors to predict which employees will leave. Humanyze, a startup, sells smart ID badges that can track employees around the office and reveal how well they interact with colleagues.”

It’s a challenge to be aware of our potential biases and to control them, but algorithms, if designed correctly, can be more impartial – the article claims.

On one hand, this pisses me off and feels like it’s going completely against what I’m promoting at my businesses: independent thinking, meaningful relationships, creative cooperation. It feels a bit like modern day slavery where we dehumanise people and allow them to think less.

On the other hand, I find it fascinating.

Are we humans becoming humanity’s slaves?

What are your thoughts?