DIF on AIR Artificial Intelligence, End of Labour and the Evolution of Humanity

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  • Michael Byrnes, Tamara van Halm

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The human species is presently experiencing its own evolution. Complex and interdependent developments are causing this evolution, the most profound of which is automation and artificial intelligence (AI). These rapidly maturing technologies are not only responsible for replacing substantial labour demand, AI also solves modern-day problems by using pattern-seeking inductive reasoning. Humans, however, have been trained to problem-solve using reductionist-based deductive reasoning. AI also reveals additional weaknesses in how humans organise themselves and relate to each other as social and economic actors. This has a profound impact upon individual identity, social cohesion and identity, as well as the existential narrative that guides humanity.

For this reason, AI is THE game changer. These complex and existential challenges cannot be resolved exclusively by ‘disruptive’ technologies or platforms or government policies. A new human narrative is now required.


Michael Byrnes

Michael Byrnes

Philosopher, Economic Theorist

Michael Byrnes is a moral philosopher and economic theorist. For decades, Michael has traveled the world to observe and learn from the diverse challenges facing humanity and its socio-economic endeavors, particularly in regions that experience violent social, economic, and political upheaval and conflict. He has lived for extended periods throughout Europe, the Balkans, Eastern and Northern Africa, and Asia. Together with Tamara van Halm, they recently published Wealth Beyond Nations: Artificial Intelligence, End of Labor, & the Evolution of Humanity.

Tamara van Halm

Tamara van Halm


Tamara van Halm served as a political affairs analyst with the Defense Ministry, Netherlands, with a focus on the conflict-zone of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the past years she applied her experiences in researching and grasping humanity from different perspectives to assist in the writing of Wealth Beyond Nations. www.outoftheboxinsight.com


Seb Egerton-Read

Seb Egerton-Read

Social Media and Content Manager

Seb makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.

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