A recent episode of “60 Minutes” featured Boston Dynamics. They build mobile robots that do complex tasks. Their robots can even dance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn3KWM1kuAw (We dare you not to laugh!)
Will they rule humanity in a dystopian future? “No,” says Marc Raibert, Founder of Boston Dynamics who said that notion is a Hollywood fantasy.
Robots are designed with what Raibert calls athletic intelligence
meaning they can climb stairs, avoid obstacles, and traverse difficult terrain. But they have no cognitive intelligence
. Don’t expect them to decide if the terrain is dangerous or riff on the Taylor Swift song “Shake it Off.”
The precious thing humans own is agency
, the capacity to act independently and make free choices. This is at the heart of all Eloqui training; that you find your own voice and means of expression. What affects agency
? Social class, religion, gender, ethnicity, ability, custom and habit.
When preparing a presentation, consider your topic without blinders. Then deliver the piece in your unique style. Take back agency and ownership of all you present. Only then will you exhibit true strength.