There is an army of robots, freely available to you, right now. They cost next to nothing, and they're just sitting there, waiting for you to tell them what to do. The only thing you have to do, is learn to speak their language.
Today, I was reading an article posted by one of my favorite companies in the world: Praxis. The article itself is definitely worth reading, but I want to riff on one specific thing mentioned in the article, namely a tweet by Naval Ravikant:
You, reader, need to let this sink in for a few seconds: you have an army of robots available to you, right now, at almost zero cost.
What an amazing perspective to have on life in 2019!
After all, if you listen to the media, it seems that most everybody fears the mass automation brought by technological innovation, instead of welcoming it. Just like the luddites of the 19th century, lots of people fear that machines will take away jobs and cause mass unemployment; plummeting society into disaster.
Of course, current day luddites are as wrong as their 19th century counterparts. Just like other forms of capital, machines allow us to produce more stuff with less effort. More goods for the same inputs means we all get richer as a society. Nobody would choose to dig a canal with a spoon if the technology of shovels were available.
“Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.” - Milton Friedman
Technology and automation allow us to spend less time doing the mundane and boring stuff, allowing for more time to spend on creative work! So automation creates opportunity, not hardship.
And what I love so much about this quote in particular is that it shows that this opportunity is not just for society at large, but for you personally.
There is an army of robots, freely available to you, right now, at your fingertips. They cost next to nothing, and they're just waiting for you to tell them what to do. They won't question you. Instead, they will work tirelessly, day and night, dedicated only to doing what you want.
I found this perspective especially delightful, in light of what I recently found out about my personality. In the Myers-Briggs personality type system, I am an INTJ.
The INTJ personality type is often referred to as the Mastermind, because we're schemers. We have a vision for the world and we make elaborate, calculated plans to turn our vision into reality.
This is why our type is such a commonly chosen personality for villains in fiction: evil schemers, dwelling somewhere away from society, plotting to take over the world with their army of minions/robots.
Funny to think of yourself this way, right? What would you do if you were a schemer with an army of minions that had pledged you their unquestioning loyalty?
Now, I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that you're not a villain. But maybe you do actually have dreams about a better future.
So what are you going to do? There is an army of robots waiting to help you accomplish your vision.
The only thing you have to do is learn to speak their language.