It was an honor to be invited as a partner to the symposium that took place in the East-West Center in Hawaii. The symposium dealt with the societal challenges and opportunities emerging with advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and big data. I am excited to contribute to the dialogue by bringing the mindfulness aspect.
It holds true that robots will eventually take most manual tasks and AI will progressively out-compete our limited intelligence, and yet our technology cannot own consciousness, empathy, or compassion. Mindfulness may come to be seen as the core 21st-century capacity because it concerns our only competitive advantage over the machines: awareness itself.