Speaking at the First Employment Pathway Innovative Conference which is intended to serve as a unique forum for innovative minds to address how technology can solve the educational and workforce challenges of our time, Seychelles’ founding President Sir James R. Mancham, told the distinguished delegates who had assembled in the auditorium of the New York Institute of Technology, in Broadway, New York, to guard against the possibility of becoming “slaves to machines.”
“Machines were invented to serve humankind but if we are not careful, we will become slaves to machines,” the former President stated, as he argued that “the robots which are being built pose a threat to the wellbeing of mankind”, Sir James stated as he referred to the amount of jobs they are taking at the expense of those who seek to be meaningfully employed.
Sir James was enthusiastically supported by most members of the audience and certainly those who shared the panel of discussions on the stage with him – namely personalities like Vicente Fox – former President of Mexico and the Honorable Jerry MacArthur Hultin – Senior Presidential Fellow of New York City, who is also Chairman of the Global Futures Group LLC.
At a time when the Pope of Rome is visiting New York City, coinciding with the presence of world leaders who are attending the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, their city’s hotels are chockfull, particularly as several fringe organizations are holding conferences, seminars and symposiums on issues of global importance.
The event which Sir James is attending is being hosted by Viridis Learning (see website) – founded by Felix W. Ortiz III, as an education and human capital solutions for the middle field workforce.
So far as Sir James is concerned, he believes that the world must develop a novel system of education which will help humans to contain conflicts, intolerance and end distrust among individuals by developing a better understanding of the human being and of the universe of which he is part.
“At the moment, we cannot afford to perpetuate the type of education that we practice. The correction has to come from within education,” Sir James declared.
This morning Sir James will be participating in a special symposium of the Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) which will take place partly at the Columbia University and partly in the office of the Consul General of Bulgaria in New York.