Humans of New Work

Daria Markova

Co-Founder, Space Shack Coworking


Wednesday June 7th, 2017
Monika Jiang

Before co-founding Space Shack coworking, Daria’s journey led through a very eclectic variety of workplaces. Rooted in Russia, she started working in an art group before going abroad to join the International Republican Institute in Washington D.C. Despite everyone suspecting her of being a spy, she enjoyed the challenging work before joining the corporate world where status was seemingly more valuable than anything else. Daria found herself in search of new inspiration. Soon she jumped at the chance of co-founding a coworking space in Berlin. Looking back at her different work experiences, she began questioning the relation of decision-making whether it’s in the context of the individual or the political sphere where only a few people create change. Daria says there’s neither the perfect political system nor a perfect work system for everyone. But she believes we can improve the systems we have if we base them on human social rules. Daria has identified four rules that have aided humans in their survival and helped shape our society.
“Firstly, humans delegate decision-making because it’s more effective that way. Second, human decisions are based on community opinions rather than on common sense. Thirdly, life and work are easier in smaller groups as they are more flexible and simpler to manage. Lastly, each of us has an instinct to reach out to communities of strangers. Clusterization into smaller communities is natural, while national governments are a temporary and outdated construct. Let’s end the era of national governments and start the era of new communities. There’s only one problem: how to ensure those communities don’t make awful decisions? The answer is, let AI rule us all.”  
As opposed to the media where artificial intelligence is often related to negative headlines, Daria has identified a clear benefit for human’s decision making.
“I asked my students at Technische Universität Berlin to solve a moral dilemma regarding self-driving cars. They were so deeply confused in their emotions and not capable of living with the guilt of killing someone that they decided against self-driving cars altogether! That means they would rather let 1.3 million people die each year. I was fascinated by that! That is a case in point why we need AI for better decision-making. We should put the irrational instincts and emotions in the equation, so that AI suggests decisions based on our deep human wishes while putting aside human fallacies. We should see AI as a very smart calculator for decision-making not as a sci-fi monster.”
The majority of technology is lying there, waiting for us to pick it up and it will increasingly change the way we understand work. Alongside the development of remote teams, digital nomads, coworking beaches, and rooftops, work and life will blend very soon. As Daria puts it, we will stop working all the time instead we will start only living.
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