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TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues —in more than 100 languages (About TED, 2015).
What began as a quite exclusive and high-priced conference for a limited number of people has spread throughout the world. There are now more than 1,900 TED Talks available on the Web. Data presented by Hochman (3/7/2014) indicate that the TED Talks videos have had about 2 billion views.
For a number of years the IAE-pedia has published links and brief descriptions of forecasts for the future. What the Future Is Bringing Us has had nearly 75,000 hits and currently covers the years 2007 to 2015. The same section of the IAE-pedia also includes a number of links to other “historical” IAE documents.
The complete list of 10 forecasts in 2007 was:
In a recent mailing to his email distribution lists, Jerry Becker recommended the following video:
Defies Measurement (Shine on Productions, 2013). 1:05 video. Retrieved 4/6/2015 from https://vimeo.com/user20632266/defiesmeasurementfilm.
“In times of change, the learner will inherit the earth while the learned are beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.” (Eric Hoffer; American social writer and philosopher; 1902-1983.)
This is Part 2 of a two-part IAE Blog entry about our rapidly changing technology. The previous entry introduced the idea of a technological singularity. The term technological singularity refers to some time in the future when computers become much “smarter” than people.
I am very proud of the new 48-page book that I have just written and made available free. The full title is Technology and Problem Solving: PreK-12 Education for Adult Life, Careers, and Further Education. Here is the first part of Chapter 1.
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825-1895.)
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke; British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist; 1917-2008.)
This is Part 1 of a two-part IAE Blog. Part 2 explores some of the educational implications of the coming technological singularity. It is available at http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/entry/education-for-the-coming-technological-singularity.html.
The title of this IAE Blog entry describes now and the future. My question is, what should our informal and formal educational systems—including schools, parents, and educational leaders—be doing about it?
We all know about outsourcing jobs to countries that have low labor costs. Perhaps we are less concerned about another type of outsourcing when industrial robots in our country and in many other countries take over jobs formerly performed by humans. This second type of “outsourcing” is decreasing the number of industrial manufacturing jobs performed by humans in the United States—a large and rapidly growing change.
This is a Guest IAE Blog entry by Cathie Norris and Eliot Soloway.
Introduction by David Moursund