Jared Molko is an ex-Googler who has worked across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, where he had a variety of roles. During his seven-year tenure, he completed a Masters Degree in Analytical Psychology. He's now back in South Africa and focusing his attention on the intersection between psychology and technology, with the aim of improving mass job placement and skill development for entry-level workers.
Jared is a well-acclaimed speaker who has spoken on behalf of Google around the world, published numerous articles, and has had the honour of speaking at the first TEDxSoweto main event. He's now on a crusade to raise awareness for the challenges we all face with AI and automation, to ensure we're well prepared to not only survive but to thrive in this new technological age.
We asked Jared a couple of questions ahead of delivering his TEDxCapeTown talk at our main event on Saturday, 17 November, and here’s what he had to say:
What is your passion or inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
My curiosity is my passion. I'm a philosopher at heart and as with any philosopher, its one’s desire for understanding that motivates and excites!
What motivated you to be a TEDxCapeTown speaker?
My main concern is around value; value creation not value extraction, which puts the individual, rather than economics, at its core. How do we ensure that we as a species continue to create value and find meaning in the wake of AI and automation? What mindset do we need to cultivate, and what skills do we need to develop to side-step redundancy? My aim is to contextualise where we are right now and hopefully give people some sense of empowerment to find their full expression.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
I'm hoping that my message is delivered in a way that resonates with as many people as possible.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
What's your favourite TED/ TEDx talk?
Elizabeth Gilbert – Your elusive creative genius
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Bear, because I have a serious sweet tooth and there is literally no better feeling than when I use a wall to scratch my back.
If you could time travel, where would you go?
500 BC - Greek period.
Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?
Tommy Shelby - Peaky Blinders
If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?