my priority with work is something I have a passion for and love to do. it is finding solutions to a variety of problems, although we have narrowed it down to plants and people and how you control environment for them to prosper and grow anywhere on the planet. I could do this work all day long and never get paid a dime for it.
obligatory work is something I have also mastered in it is the type of work I had and will do to simply operate life. these tend to be the things people will spend a lot of time to fill their day, as they might not have found their passion in work. I have worked with people that simply fill events to fit whatever time is there for their “work” day. I will do these obligatory tasks and figure out how to do them as fast as humanly possible so that I can get to the priority work.
most of the world doesn’t seem to agree or follow that line of thinking yet if you do any task that is repetitive, you probably are going to be automated out soon with a robot. I myself am guilty of contributing to this trend as I simply got fed up in the united states with finding reliable people to simply, “show up.” I am not sure if this is a cultural, societal, or parental failure in the united states?
what I have done is spent about 30 years of time and money figuring out a workspace that I am happy with. mind you, we have another iteration we are working up because, with it, most any idea is possible from the standpoint of rapid skunkworks prototyping. the solution came out of my frustration with the reality of how academics, politics, cultures, and sharing currently work/don’t work on the planet. so we are creating what would not have been possible outside the confines of large institutions just 30 years ago. yesterday’s brainstorm had me bring the same thinking we use into machine learning and applying it to more than obligatory workloads.
the potential of it all had my brain to “wow, this could be huge/amazing/mind-blowing!” it had me write to my super geek friends and ask, “who do you know working in this particular area?”
the more I thought about it. I could hear brother Vincent laughing at the agrowbox and feeding hungry orphans. “this idea is going ot cause a lot of problems”
“how is feeding hungry people going to cause problems?”
“you don’t really believe there are forces on the planet that want everyone to know how to fish do you?” (a paraphrase)
I guess I know there is a group or a section of society that is a creative tinkerer, innovator, inventor, maker….a larger portion is a consumer that is being told you can have anything instantly and gratify yourself with a push of a button or the ingesting of a pill. if you think of the robotic chef and baker of the future – or go into any restaurant that has the equipment and the recipe. you are probably going to get the most consistent, reliable and tasty product that is literally cooked to perfection. (now I am thinking about the quality of variations to quality in robot brands and hardware)
there were 3d printed deserts that I saw this morning and while I love the idea of creative and graphic presentation…I want a great tasting more than a great looking dessert. how many great looking and crappy tasting deserts have you had before? I also admire the skills and talents of human pastry chefs. this is not to say you can’t have some interesting robot chefs cranking out iterations at 20 times a human rate…but how many of them will hit the mark? or will the future be like shooting a shotgun at a target and picking the few pellets that hit the bullseye?
to do this, you need time. it is the most valuable asset for priority type work requiring deeper thought and the ability to play and manipulate ideas to get something more out of them. another thing you need for this is isolation and/or a time where obligatory work routines are minimized and the checklist can be done and not take all your time in the day.
thus, I have spent a lot of time looking and wondering “why?” and “how?” organizations create. it was fascinating to see the homegrown, consultant grown, and external models that are in use in the world. today there is the shared or collaborative sustainable models that are being thrown around and I think much like maker spaces. you have people that don’t make, trying to come up with ways to make things. it is a bit comedic and sad, yet, usually, the normal trend for building bigger organizations and allowing one to have a job forever with economic security are the main drivers – not solving the actual problems.
I would be thrilled if we worked our way out of jobs and creation with plants and people. it would mean that people had shifted from obligatory to priority based use of time. I wager people would be more fulfilled…happier.
there is the other part of me watching and observing society and the coming robotic age and asking, “what will people do with this free time?”
will we continue the trend to watch, consume and critique?
or, will we learn to value and use the new free time wisely, continue to grow, learn and find fulfilling meaning in life with what we do and how we get along with each other?