New ways of doing things are being rolled out every day, fuelled by the technological advancements. For those who have read the Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, these experts have explained that in this second machine age, computers and other digital advances are doing for mental power what the “steam engine and its descendants did for muscle labour”. Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, in 1965, made a prediction of doubled integrated circuit computing power that you could buy for one dollar. His prediction was that this would last for 10 years and what happened was a doubling for general computing power for almost half a century every 18 months! All of us have experienced these rapid technological changes in our day to day lives. From using pay public coin telephones and home land lines, “dialing up” in the 80s using the telephone line to have a slow internet access, use of pagers to contact one another, to these “mobile phone” gadgets that we carry today which really are not really just a telephone anymore but also a camera, GPS device, handheld game set and more.
The old ways of doing things are going to be changed, and possibly fast and furious. Google has launched its driverless cars already this year, and reports of accident rates are being released every month. Thus far, there are just 12 minor accidents from the Google vehicles, from more than 1.8 million miles of drive. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2015/06/08/google-now-reporting-driverless-car-accidents/) China has constructed the tallest 3D printed tower (credits techinasia).
Undeniably, the machines will be able to replace more and more brain power and physical labour and given the rate of advancements, this could really be sooner than later. Does the traditional education system prepare us for these changes up ahead? What can we do to be sufficiently advanced in our expertise that it cannot be easily replaced by machinery?
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