Thanks to Brad Smith and Harry Shum at Microsoft for this and it got my wheels turning.

The most significant change that might take place here, could be our relationship with time.

With the automation of mundane tasks, what will you do with your free time? Really, what will you do with more time? Is your mind fit enough to be present with time, or will you find yourself filling time, with “non-productive-doing” that leads to nothing more than “doing-more-non-productive-doing.” Somewhere between 15-30% of the population suffer from anxiety related disorders. Anxiety is often characterized by the chronic worry of what could go wrong later. By definition, that’s a struggle with how to use the mind to “be present” with right now – and –“right now” is a function of time.

What will we do with more time? Fill it with more worry?….more dopamine-filling social media stimulation?….more mindless doing to quell the worry? What would more free-time do to that equation? I know that I can easily slip into searching for sources of stimulation (checking emails, making phone calls for the sake of making phone calls, checking up on my friends via social media) –all of which are fine, but doing so just because there’s nothing else to do, is the problem.

It’s easy to do more.

But what if we can re-orientate how we do what we do. What if we can flip the model that we need to do more, to be more – to – be more, to do more. Be more present, more connected to others, to nature. Be more grounded, more creative, more authentic. What if we can let whatever it is that we do, flow from being more present and authentic? What would your life be like if you spent the time to know who you are, and be that person more often?

AI has so much promise to automate the mundane to potentially accelerate human potential. To fill that gap, we will need to actively participate by conditioning our minds to be present, more often.

Looking forward to continuing the conversation as well.


Dr. Michael Gervais is best known for his work as a high performance and sport psychologist in rugged, extreme and high-stakes environments.
He is co-founder of Compete To Create with Pete Carroll, the Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He also is the founder and host of the Finding Mastery Podcast and is the co-creator of USC's Peak Performance Institute.