Top WEF Advisor: ‘We Just Don’t Need the Vast Majority of the Population’

Yuval Noah Harari, one of the top advisors of the World Economic Forum, claims we are moving towards a world where humans are nonexistent.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Harari, who was interviewed on The TED Audio Collective podcast last week, told Chris Anderson that as a society we are going where humans “are no longer part of the story of the future” due to artificial intelligence and similar technologies.
  • “Part of what might be going [on] is people realize — and they’re correct in thinking that, the future doesn’t need me,” Harari said. “You have all these smart people in California, in New York and in Beijing and they are planning this amazing future with artificial intelligence and bioengineering and global connectivity and whatnot. And they don’t need me.”
  • According to the WEF advisor, the first group of people to become “useless” will be those living in third-world countries.
  • Listen to the interview below, queued to just before Harari says “We just don’t need the vast majority of the population.”
WEF ADVISOR ON THE FUTURE OF DEPOPULATION:

“We just don’t need the vast majority of the population because the future is about developing more and more sophisticated technology like artificial intelligence,” Harari said.

BACKGROUND:
  • Harari’s ideas surrounding the lack of human importance date to years prior, when he claimed that humans can easily be replaced by robots and technology.
  • In 2017, he wrote an article arguing that “it becomes easier and easier to replace humans with computer algorithms, not merely because the algorithms are getting smarter, but also because humans are professionalizing.”
  • “AI is nowhere near human-like existence, but 99 percent of human qualities and abilities are simply redundant for the performance of most modern jobs,” Harari continued. “As algorithms push humans out of the job market, wealth and power might become concentrated in the hands of the tiny elite that owns the all-powerful algorithms, creating unprecedented social and political inequality.”