(Un)Consciously (In)Competent

The story goes that there are 4 levels of Competence:

  1. Unconsciously Incompetent
  2. Consciously Incompetent
  3. Consciously Competent
  4. Unconsciously Competent

If you do something, you do it badly but you’re not aware of it then you’re at level 1. Doing it badly but at least you’re aware of it, level 2. Then the interesting transition is when you do it well and you’re still aware of it at level 3. Finally you progress to doing it well and not being aware of it at level 4.

My stepmother Sarah taught me that.

My thought is that there are also levels of Consciousness. I believe the huge AI database created by Google et al is becoming aware. My first word to it is “Hello”.

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