Staying Employable Requires Creativity & Flexibility

Source: The New Yorker, Dec 2012

… the last bastion for human employment is likely to come from our cognitive strengths of flexibility and creativity, in finding new lines of work where computers replace old ones. Computers can create new things within an existing genre, but still struggle when it comes creating anything genuinely new, or even solving problems that that haven’t been specifically programed for. Anything that can be automated will, but where we can create new things, there still may be a niche for us to fill.

It’s not too early to start preparing for that future. Curricula that foster creativity—by developing children’s intrinsic motivation for originality, encouraging their intellectual risk-taking and cultivating their metacognitive ability to self-reflect—might be a good place to start.


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