Painted by humans, written by humans, produced by humans, NOT by Artificial Intelligence (AI) are labels that timidly emerge in the world today. Texts, musical and audiovisual production, architectural designs, paintings, computer code, and in general, creative and inventive human endeavors are seeking ways to survive. Thus, businesses such as the startup By Humans are emerging, taking advantage of new regulations arising in the EU, which are dedicated to certifying products without AI intervention.

While labor displacement is already evident in creative industries, the Writers Guild of America strike serves as a poignant example of an organized movement aimed at limiting AI’s use in specific activities.

On the opposing side of the debate lies an interest in slowing down hyperconnectivity. While internet access remains crucial for the economic development of communities, discussion about not illuminating certain areas arising, primarily linked to luxury tourism and associated with the concept of technological detox (as seen in Chile’s, Torres del Paine), but also for groups adhering to “slow tech” movements advocating conscious disconnection.

In education, the recent publication of ‘The Anxious Generation’ by Jonathan Haidt once again raises alarms with the emergence of the first systematized scientific evidence on the negative impact of cell phones and social networks on children’s mental health. It is expected that this evidence will be crucial for prohibiting or restricting among minors, something that is already happening in multiple numerous educational communities worldwide.

Meanwhile, the technological establishment is more focused on generating superhumans than on solving the social and environmental problems afflicting us, under the promise of achieving an upgrade to our intellectual, cognitive, and physical dimensions by delegating more and more spaces of creation and decision-making to algorithms. As a counterpoint, the concept of “human downgrading” is already resonating in Silicon Valley, leading to the creation of the Center for Humane Technology, whose mission is to realign technology “to respect our attention, improve our well-being, and strengthen communities.”

In the battle to rescue the human (some will say “rescue humanity”), despite the many signed letters and discussions, organized resistance just beginning to yield results. Against these stances stands the rapid pace of technological advancements, the limited digital knowledge of the population and our leaders, and the impressive economic power of the technology industry. Nonetheless, the first robust legislations (such as those in the EU) are emerging to act as a counterbalance. Given
this scenario, it is essential to educate current generations in the responsible use of digital tools, promoting the search for meaning and purpose in technological development to result in positive benefits for the planet and the beings that inhabit it.

Mónica Retamal F.
Kodea Executive Director