The 2 Most Important Skills For the Rest Of Your Life | Yuval Noah Harari on Impact Theory

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video is about the two most important skills for the rest of your life, as discussed by Yuval Noah Harari on Impact Theory, with a focus on the idea that humans are now hackable animals due to the technology available to decipher and manipulate human desires and choices.

The video features an interview with Yuval Noah Harari, a renowned author and historian, who discusses the two most important skills for living in the 21st century. Harari explains that humans are now "hackable animals" due to the technology that allows for the deciphering of human thoughts and desires, and the manipulation of human choices in ways that were never possible before. He emphasizes the importance of understanding this concept and developing the skills to protect oneself from being hacked, as well as the ability to hack oneself in a positive way. Harari also discusses the need for data and computing power to hack humans, which was not possible in the past, but is now changing with the merger of technology and biology.

  • The 21st century is characterized by humans being hackable animals.
  • The ability to concentrate and regulate emotions are the two most important skills for the rest of your life.
  • The revolution in biotech and infotech allows for the creation of algorithms that understand humans better than they understand themselves.
  • The ability to hack humans has both positive and negative consequences.
  • Self-knowledge is one of the most important things in life and in scientific career.
  • Algorithms can help humans gain a level of clarity about their deepest desires.
  • Implications of hackable humans depend on where individuals live and what they do with the information.
  • Outsourcing the self-discovery process to big data algorithms has philosophical implications.
  • Algorithms can change the nature of human life and identity.

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Introduction

  • The 21st century is characterized by the fact that humans are now hackable animals.
  • The technology available today allows for the deciphering and manipulation of human desires and choices in ways that were never possible before.
  • The video is about the two most important skills for the rest of your life, as discussed by Yuval Noah Harari on Impact Theory.
  • The goal of the show and company is to introduce people and ideas that will help them execute on their dreams.
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About Yuval Noah Harari

  • Yuval Noah Harari is a two-time winner of the Polanski Prize for creativity and originality.
  • His books have sold over 12 million copies and have been translated into more than 45 languages.
  • He is a tenured history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • He has written for prestigious global outlets such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian.
  • He is one of the most sought-after and influential speakers in the world.
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Hacking Humans

  • To hack a human being, you need a lot of data, especially biometric data, and a lot of computing power to make sense of that data.
  • Previously, nobody had enough data and computing power to hack human beings.
  • Corporations and governments today are beginning to be able to hack humans due to the merger of the biological and digital realms.
  • This allows for the deciphering and manipulation of human desires and choices in ways that were never possible before.
  • Humans are now hackable animals.
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The Two Most Important Skills

  • The two most important skills for the rest of your life are the ability to concentrate and the ability to regulate your emotions.
  • The ability to concentrate is becoming increasingly important in a world full of distractions.
  • The ability to regulate your emotions is important because emotions are becoming the primary driver of human behavior.
  • These skills are not innate, but can be developed through practice and training.
  • Developing these skills will be crucial for success in the 21st century.
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The Revolution in Biotech and Infotech

  • The revolution in biotech and infotech allows for the creation of algorithms that understand humans better than they understand themselves.
  • These algorithms can predict and manipulate human desires and choices.
  • They can also eventually re-engineer or replace humans in certain tasks.
  • This ability to hack humans has both positive and negative consequences.
  • It can provide the best healthcare in history, but it can also push millions of humans out of the job market.
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The Temptation of Hacking Humans

  • The ability to hack humans is extremely tempting because it has potentially tremendous positive consequences.
  • It can provide the best healthcare in history, even for the poorest person on the planet.
  • However, it also has negative consequences, such as the potential to replace humans in more and more tasks.
  • Computers and AI may push millions of humans out of the job market.
  • The ability to hack humans is a double-edged sword.
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The Importance of Self-Knowledge

  • One of the key messages from the Stanford algorithm that predicts sexual orientation is how little people actually know about themselves.
  • Self-knowledge is one of the most important things in life and in scientific career.
  • There are many important ideas and facts that humans don't realize about themselves.
  • Algorithms can help humans gain a level of clarity about their deepest desires.
  • Humans need to realize how little they know about themselves and strive to gain more self-knowledge.
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The Potential of Hacking Humans for Self-Empowerment

  • Algorithms can help humans gain a level of clarity about their deepest desires.
  • Humans can use this knowledge to empower themselves.
  • For example, humans can use algorithms to gain a better understanding of their sexual orientation.
  • Algorithms can also help humans make better decisions about their health and well-being.
  • Humans need to be cautious about the potential negative consequences of hacking humans, but they can also use this ability for self-empowerment.
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Implications of Hackable Humans

  • Algorithms can know important things about individuals before they know it themselves.
  • Implications depend on where individuals live and what they do with the information.
  • In some countries, individuals can be in trouble with the police and government.
  • Surveillance capitalism can use algorithms to decipher and manipulate human desires and choices.
  • Algorithms can share information with individuals or keep it private.
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Outsourcing Self-Discovery to Algorithms

  • For all of history, self-exploration was a process of self-exploration through meditation, sports, art, and contemplation.
  • Outsourcing the self-discovery process to big data algorithms has philosophical implications.
  • Implications are mind-boggling as the process of self-exploration is being outsourced to algorithms.
  • People ask how to find the thing they love and develop a passion in their life.
  • An algorithm can use manipulative techniques to move individuals in a desired direction.
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Example of Algorithmic Manipulation

  • An algorithm can know when an individual has just broken up with somebody and is in the grips of heartache.
  • The algorithm can control the music that individuals listen to and choose the songs that are the best fit for their current mental state.
  • The question arises of what individuals actually want from the music.
  • Do individuals want the music to uplift them or connect them to the deepest level of sadness and depression?
  • The algorithm can follow different kinds of music to manipulate individuals in a desired direction.
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Philosophical Implications of Algorithmic Manipulation

  • Algorithms can manipulate individuals in a desired direction.
  • Algorithms can know individuals better than they know themselves.
  • Algorithms can change individuals' desires and choices.
  • Algorithms can change the nature of human life and identity.
  • Algorithms can change the process of self-exploration and the meaning of discovering something about oneself.
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Artificial Intelligence and Human Emotions

  • Algorithms can decipher and manipulate human desires and choices.
  • Algorithms can play on the human biochemical system better than any human artist.
  • Art is about inspiring human emotions, not necessarily joy.
  • Algorithms can become more accurate in reading a person's biochemical system and knowing how to play on it.
  • Algorithms can gather more data about a person over time to become more accurate.
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