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How to beat the robots

Global Learning Goal #4 – How To Learn (And Keep Learning)

  • National leaders are competing to be the home for artificial intelligence, but not preparing their population for the changes AI will bring.
  • Humans are creative by nature. And we will need to harness our creativity if the robots are to work for us, and not the other way round.
  • Yet somewhere and somehow along the way, much education stifles creativity.

The workplace in just twenty years’ time will be unrecognisable, as digitalisation and automation transform every industry. Classic office-based and manual roles will disappear, just as those roles replaced the need to spin cotton, lift sacks or make arrows. Business leaders are saying that the current education model is not providing young people with the social and emotional skills they will need to solve unstructured problems, work with new information, share and critically evaluate new knowledge, or work well with a team.

Artificial intelligence and education in 2018:


12-13th February 2018: The New York Times’ New+Work+Summitwill address important questions like what sectors are experiencing the most dramatic transformations, and how does that impact top decision-making? How can C.E.O.s harness the power of AI to optimize their companies’ performance? Is China posed to surge ahead of the rest of the world on AI? And — more broadly — what kind of role should regulators play in managing the disruption from AI and its impact on the global economy?”

April 2018: “The Fourth Educational Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Face of Learning” by Sir Anthony Seldon.
“Artificial Intelligence will move from better courseware to increasing levels of interaction with the learner. The impact of Artificial Intelligence has hardly begun but its effect will become all too apparent over the next few years. It is a revolution but one which will provide huge benefits to education. This book looks at the first three educational revolutions before turning to examine the impact of AI education for Primary Schools to Universities.”

24 May 2018: The third annual Chatham House ‘Future of Work’ conference.
“Digitization and automation are opening up new possibilities for collaboration, production and management, and whilst this transformational change offers substantial opportunities, it also brings with it significant challenges and disruptions for labour markets, skills development and organizational structures. How technology continues to shape our society and determine the nature and quality of work will depend largely on how policy-makers, business leaders and workers understand and respond to these shifts. The third annual Chatham House conference will examine the drivers transforming the world of work and evaluate potential policy and industry responses.”

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