Be the toolmaker

We are toolmakers, humankind.

To resist this tendency to solve riddles, to complete tasks faster, with more efficiency, with less risk or human cost, is to resist our gift of ingenuity.

Humans are not born to be cogs. We are not born to be tools.

We are born to be toolmakers – to make the world better than we found it.

Making tools is not without risk or obligation, however. Efficiency often comes with financial benefit to the toolmaker, but human costs to those replaced by the tool.

The obligation isn’t to preserve the role of humans performing the menial tasks that toolmakers can, and gradually will, automate and replace.

The obligation is to lift up people affected by shifting tides of technology and efficiency, and help them to become toolmakers themselves.

To enable them to make their lives better due to advancing technology, not worse.

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