We need to focus on “Being Human,” and AI can do the rest

Zsolt Hermann
3 min readSep 18, 2023

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Question from the Internet:

“How can AI complement human workers rather than replace them?”

AI and robots cannot perform “truly Human” tasks and work. AI and robots do not have and will never have abilities “truly Human” beings have.

The problem is that, at present, we ourselves do not know what makes us “Human” and what we are supposed to do. We reduce “human” life to a set of regulations, protocols, and statistics. We think that life is about quantitative growth, monetary and material wealth, and how much control we have over our lives and the lives of others.

AI and robots can easily take over these “robotic,” unemotional, and repetitive jobs; they can much faster and more efficiently make quantitative calculations and combine data.

But a “truly Human” life has nothing to do with any of the above. Human life is not even about amassing wealth and social status; it is not about being famous. We can’t even judge Human life based on the food we eat and how we raise our children since other animals also do those activities — better and healthier than humans.

“Being Human” is something completely different, and it is on a qualitatively much higher level of existence that AI or robots — and the “human beings” of the present — can’t comprehend or even touch.

But as soon as we learn and start practicing what it means to be “truly Human,” we can let AI and robots perform their “robotic” stuff, and we can get on with “being Human.”

Human Beings are 100% emotional beings, and our “intellect” is an auxiliary device to record, sort, and catalog our emotional impressions and then prepare us for further emotional input and output. Even the most genius or unemotional person is 100% emotional and is influenced by mood changes and constant emotional rollercoasters.

The problem is that as long as we are locked into our own 100% egocentric, subjective, and individualistic emotions, as long as everything we ever do revolves around our own self-serving and self-justifying desires and their fulfillment, we waste our “Human” potential and also act as “cancer-cells” that recklessly and aimlessly consume and destroy everything around them.

And then, as a “remedy,” we try to dumb down, regulate, and control our desires and emotions — more precisely, we try to dumb down and control the desires and emotions of others — and accept existence in this increasingly “inhumane” Matrix we created for ourselves.

Thus, instead of learning and practicing becoming “truly Human,” we sink even below being “natural animals.” At this stage, we resemble “zombies” more, lifeless and “half-dead” creatures who try to survive day-to-day between involuntary birth and mostly involuntary death. Maybe this is why “zombie movies and video games are so popular these days.

In order to become “truly Human,” we would need to engage with our emotions again. Moreover, we would need to develop above and against our inherently limited and destructive, self-serving, and self-justifying emotions by learning how to selflessly and unconditionally love and serve others — which qualities and abilities are not in us by birth.

In Hebrew, “Human” is “Adam,” which word comes from the expression “similar.” “Truly Human” beings have to become similar to nature’s finely balanced, mutually integrated, and life-creating system.

We need to learn and practice how to build a nature-like, mutually integrated, mutually complementing, and mutually serving and loving system where each human individual becomes a healthy cell in the integrated whole.

Since we have to achieve this “nature-like” mutual integration above and against our inherently “cancer-like” nature and individuality, even when we integrate, we will retain a uniquely Human duality and independent viewpoint.

Thus, on the one hand, we will develop a unique collective Human consciousness and intellect with a special, composite, and multi-angled perception of reality — as we start perceiving and experiencing reality through the desires, thoughts, and viewpoints of others — but we will also remain fully aware and conscious of what we perceive while contrasting it to our originally limited and distorted, egocentric and subjective view and understanding.

Thus, our “Humanity” — similarity to nature — will make us nature’s only conscious, integrated, and at the same time independent consciousness and intellect. We will become nature’s only conscious inner observers and equal partners.

At the same time, we can use our tools — including robots and AI — to cater to our natural and comfortable necessities while we keep focusing on what makes us “truly Human” Beings.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.