To Prepare for Tomorrow, Be Human

Source: Sys-Con media website, Dec 2012
(from an Intel Futurist)

How do we prepare ourselves and our children for a future where we are surrounded by ever-increasing intelligent machines? What skills will we need in a future where computers do tasks originally performed by people?

There are two skills that computers will have a really hard time mastering in the next few decades. By understanding how computers and algorithms work, it becomes clear that the skills of tomorrow are emotional intelligence and cognitive synthesis.

Human beings are really good at communicating with other human beings. We understand each other through a complex system of audio and visual clues that baffle computers. Being human and being able to communicate and interact with other humans is a unique skill that will be even more in demand in the future than it is today.

Cognitive synthesis is the ability to take information from a wide variety of sources, combine them and then make sense of this new information. Humans are really good at taking inputs from multiple places, mixing them together in new ways and coming up with new ideas and perspectives.

We’re Doing Education Wrong

This kind of lateral thinking is where human innovation is born, and it points out some current problems in how we think of education.

“In education today, I’m concerned that we are just teaching for the test,” said Kal Penn when we were discussing the future of education in America.

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