Manage Disk Space Mac Mattingly’s Move With Stanton Had a Precedent From Hall Of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson

When Miami manager Don Mattingly revised his lineup by moving his star slugger one spot up, he was simply repeating what a Hall of Fame skipper had done 27 years ago. The strategy back then failed on the first try, but the next day proved fruitful.All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton entered the last series of the season just one home shy of the sacred sixty mark, a milestone only a few players have achieved in the long history of Major League Baseball. In order to increase his opportunities to hit number sixty, Mattingly as manager of the Marlins bumped Stanton from second in the order into the leadoff spot on the team’s final game. Although he did get two hits in five trips as leadoff man, Stanton failed to go deep and fell one short of the sixty mark.

Manager Sparky Anderson, as manager of the Detroit Tigers, faced a similar situation back in 1990. All-Star slugger Cecil Fielder found himself one homer shy of the fifty mark, a total no one had reached since George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds had 52 in 1977. To boost Fielder’s chances to get there, Anderson moved him from his usual number three slot up to the second hole for the last two games of the season.Unfortunately, the Yankees held Fielder hitless in game 161, leaving the total at 49. Anderson kept him in the second slot the next day, and the decision more than paid off.In the fourth inning Fielder blasted number fifty off of New York hurler Steve Adkins, a two run shot that put the Tigers ahead. Two at bats later, the big first baseman hit another blast, a three run shot in the eighth inning off of Alan Mills.Detroit won that game, thanks to the two blasts off of the bat of Fielder. Still, the Tigers finished four games under.500, trailing second place Toronto and the East champion Boston Red Sox.

That season was much worse for the Yankees, who must have been relieved when that final game ended. New York finished with just 67 wins, and they ended up in the cellar of the A.L. East in one of the most forgettable years in the history of the franchise.New York’s lineup featured just one perennial All-Star amid players such as Roberto Kelly, Steve Sax, and Jim Leyritz. The undoubted leader of that club was its first baseman and former batting champ, Don Mattingly.

Artificial Intelligence and Our Humanity

We hear and read about it everywhere these days.

You hear people saying, “The future is now.”

“We have to give way to technology.”

“We’ll be better off and live better lives (maybe not even work) if we let AI do it.”

Yes, technology is here, and we are living at the dawn of the age of AI, and it’s a topic that we’ve seen and heard a lot more about this year.

I wonder what the opportunities will be for the average person. You know, the person who is not the founder of Facebook, Google or Amazon, which have placed such high barriers to entry that it will be rare for companies to break into that stratospheric league.

What’s Going to Happen with Humans?

Do you wonder what’s going to happen to the average person? AI are taking over customer service, writing, design, sales, law, and medicine. As a businessman and social entrepreneur, the reality is that if you’re looking at things in a purely bottom-line manner, using AI could make a whole lot of sense. They never get sick. They work 27/7/365. They never stop and can indeed produce more than any human can–in a lifetime. From a pure dollars and cents perspective, AI can make a lot of sense.

But then you have to wonder about the broader implications of AI, and I sense that society has not even started to get its head around the implications. If you pay even a little attention to the news, then you know that a few months ago Facebook engineers shut down and pulled the plug on AI that decided on its own to go ahead and develop a new language. It was more efficient for them to get the work done, but humans did not understand. It seems that the language was basic, but what happens if the AI had not been shut down? Would they have developed a highly sophisticated way to communicate and operate that completely excised human?

I agree that technology can be beneficial to society. I think most people would agree that we’d prefer to send a bot into a dangerous situation, say war, rather than ask our men and women to put their lives on the line. I think there’s something to be said for the rapidly expanding role of robotics in medicine. For example, the fact that we’ve started to print human organs with 3D is a significant advancement, and we have to hope that many lives will be saved.

The Deeper Issues Related to AI

My concern as I dig deeper into the issue of AI is what the implications are for the human race, and yes, that even includes how we in the philanthropic sector connect with each other and with the world we serve. As I noted in the previous article I wrote, the Partnership on AI, which is a collaborative effort between mega-companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and leading non-profits such as UNICEF and Human Rights are trying to lead the conversation about the implications of AI in all of our lives.

If you tune in even a little bit into the conversation about AI, you know that we have to deal with many issues, including some of the following:

Safety: We don’t want to be in a situation where AI is created, and it is not obligated to protect human life.
Transparency: We had the recent situation with Facebook where they shut down AI, but who rules (government or business) when someone says “Houston, we have a problem”?
Labor and the Economy: Whose responsibility is it to train people as AI develops and what will their work functions be in light of a much more powerful AI partner? Will people even have jobs?
Society: For communities around the world, which certainly includes nonprofit and philanthropic work, what will be the impact of AI on philanthropy, education, charitable work, science, private/public partnerships, etc.

The reality seems to be apparently developing that there are few areas–if any–that AI will not touch.

Humanity’s Competitive Advantage

When I read about issues related to AI, I think of one thing–humanity. I believe we all have to get into the conversation now about the implications of AI. I’m someone who likes and values people precisely because we are imperfect. There is a lot of prose and poetry in the human condition. AI cannot love, demonstrate courage, hope, dream, feel fear, etc.

In my mind, those qualities are what makes humans so much better than AI. Our values are our competitive advantage in comparison to AI. There is something intrinsic within people (some call it a soul or spirit, others connect the scientific dots of all the elements that make up our brains, hearts, and bodies) that makes us unique, and yes, even exceptional.

We have a serious conversation that has to take place about AI, but it involves all humans, and we have to pay attention before we have a situation we did not bargain for in the age of technology.

The Path for Humanity as it Greets AI

In many ways, I hope that AI begins to break down the things that divide us and that we discover that as humans, we are all the same. We are. Take away the issues of money, race, religion, gender and everything else; we all bleed red.

We all hurt.

We all hope.

We all dream.

The way I see it, the time is now for humanity. It can be our finest hours at the dawn of a new age–provided we all get out of our own way and engage in a global dialogue about humanity in the age of AI.