Education Of Tomorrow Won’t Be So Static As The Current One

As 21st century moves along, I think education will eventually take up a new shape.  The future is here, because new technologies in communication and learning keep on happening.  This means in the future children and adults alike will have more choices of how to go about learning something.  Furthermore, artificial intelligence may just take over the teachers’ job one day, because new information can always be fed into AI’s algorithms that could be helpful to how teaching would be done in the future.

Of course, I don’t think futuristic educational system would bring education into only homeschool situation.  In fact I think without real interaction among real human fellow students, no matter how excellent a futuristic educational system could become the students would not be able to excel.  I think students’ cooperation in activities such as teamwork is very important, because besides learning just facts students could enhance real life experiences such as how to help each other out in completing a project and whatnot.

Still, I think the futuristic educational system might be very different than what we have now, because robots will be able to communicate with humans as if they’re human.  Thus, robots with super intelligent artificial brains could become both teachers and fellow students to help human students learn better.

While we think of the positive possibilities of a futuristic educational system, we should also take a closer look at what we’re having now.  I think the current educational system may not be able to do a good job in preparing the students for an even faster, ever changing future.  As we speak, many forms of communication allow messages and information to transform the world at breakneck speed.  If we throw in the futuristic artificial intelligence aspect, the future might very well be operating at a faster speed than now.  Right now though, the current education system isn’t fast enough in updating educational courses to stay relevant with time.  Thus, students can only learn what had happened and won’t be ready for a totally different future.

I could be exaggerating a bit, but what if whatever students learn right now could not help them find a job when they’re ready to enter the workforce?  Perhaps, what they are learning right now could be outdated in a few years, and nobody could help them when they are ready for the job market.  As earth population size increases and communication becomes even faster, the competitiveness of the world workforce can only be increased.  This means more people are going to compete for the same skills and jobs.  Jobs are finite, and so not everyone will be able to bring the bacon home.  Without a proper education, such a population will be missing out in competitiveness.

When we throw artificial intelligence into the equation of tomorrow, the probability of finding a good job in the future would be shrunk to many times more.  After all, artificial intelligence could provide efficient and smart automation, and these capabilities could outperform the human touch.  In my opinion, as time ticks along, I can see a future where humans would face so much competition that without a proper education the situation could only become ever more severe.  Nonetheless, no students would be able to get proper education if the education system of today can only be so static.

Furthermore, if teachers of today are not being paid adequately, the breakdown of the current education system is already at a critical juncture.  Of course, the future will come eventually, but don’t we also have to worry about right now?  Thus I think besides providing a good education, the people who are striving to make the education better such as teachers should be receiving a very good care and pay from the education system.

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China Blazes Ahead In Genetic And Clone Engineering

Once upon a time, cloning was a fairy tale, a fiction in which we lied to ourselves so we could sound fancy and futuristic.  Nowadays, cloning is no longer a fiction but fact, but our current mindsets have been pushing back against human cloning at the very least.  We have outdone ourselves even more since then, because now we have the technology to manipulate genes.  In Europe and America, the governments may have tighter regulations over what sciences can be experimenting with, but in China they have less regulations in this regard.  Thus, in the video right after the break, the subjects within are about how China is encouraging their scientists and the likes to explore the controversial realms of science — according to the West — and these are cloning, genetic engineering, and so much more.

Personally, I think genetically engineering a clone living being is to maximizing the potential of a living being.  Nonetheless, genes are not the only things that could influence the growth potential of a living being, because environment factors do play equally important roles as genes.  This is why we have seen some smart human beings got stupid history records, because their environmental history had affected their past and possibly future decisions.

You can genetically engineer a super smart person, but his or her prospect won’t be very bright if you put him or her in poverty stricken environment.  This individual would have faced unfavorable environment factors that could affect his or her future.  For an example, he or she may sell drugs to make money, but he or she got pretty good at making a living illegally for he or she got pretty good genes and high IQ.  This is why I don’t think genetic engineering is everything, because genetic engineering is only favorable when it could be maximizing.

If you can’t maximizing a designer baby’s potential, this baby may grow up in a way that his or her history would eventually turn him or her into another Hitler.  You never know!  I can’t stress enough on the importance of the environment, because you may never know how a designer baby would grow up when his or her potential is about balancing between the genes and the environment.

Although I do feel genetically engineering a living being is somewhat risky, but I do admit I can see the potential for such technology.  This technology can improve a living being’s potential as long the living being is being nurtured in a very good environment.  It’s like a smart student who has a very good teacher may turn out to be a very good specialist than otherwise.  I do see genetic engineering a living being technology can potentially encourage society to look down on nature.  What would happen when nature could do a better job than the scientists in engineering a living being?  This is why genetic engineering a living being isn’t a sure thing!

In summary, I don’t have anything against genetic engineering and clone technologies, but I do hope society could see that the universe is much more complex than scientists in a lab, designing a living being.  I think we can copy God, but I don’t think we can outsmart God.  After all, we are living in a fishbowl, and like a fish we would never figure out the real meaning of not being a fish in a fishbowl.  By the way, God could be a force, an energy, a whatever that created our universe, and perhaps each universe has its own God.  Thus, to me God is like a scientific force and not a religious one.  Regardless, what I’m saying is we are a part of this universe, and so to think outside of this universe won’t be so easy.  Thus we should tread carefully when it comes down to add or minus something in which could drastically change our society’s fundamentals and beliefs.