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  Perhaps, what they are learning right now could be outdated in a few years, and nobody could help them when they are ready for the job market.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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Fire-Resistant, Water-Proof Paper Developed In China

China was first to invent paper, and now China is developing water-proof, fire resistant paper.  In the video after the break, you can see paper that won’t be burned up in fire or damped by water.  I guess these papers can be used for important books and whatever that you want to protect from fire and water.  I guess this could mean it would last very long, and history would love this.

Automation Will Speed Up For Greater Efficiency, People Will Lose Even More Jobs

In the past, the rise of industrialization produced new jobs and discarded the old ones.  With industrialization came new technologies and so forth, thus new civilizations evolved and destroyed the old ones.  People became more urbanized eventually, and the old ways were mostly discarded.  Factories sprang into the existence and assembly lines produced things en masse.  Jobs were abundant for the industrialization was young and healthy.  Industrialization was one of the main catalysts in which out-of-date jobs disappeared en masse.

We don’t really have to know the details of how industrialization of the past could build a civilization of today, because what we’re seeing are real.  Furthermore, China has reinforced the notion of industrialization miracle by using this phenomenon so effectively in which industrialization plus urbanization has brought at least 600 million Chinese people out of poverty.  China is now harboring the largest middle class that the world has ever known.

For India, she is looking at China with bewilderment, because she too has a huge population which will surpass China’s 1.3 billion head count, and yet her industrialization isn’t yet fully developed.  The problem is that something is lurking in time in which even industrialization will soon become the thing of the past.  By then even industrialization will not be able to help India to catch up with China.

What is lurking in time which will eclipse industrialization?  In my opinion, it’s automation.  It’s so simple to see why automation will turn industrialization into nothing more but a tale of history.  As of now, we know industrialization as the catalyst for the rise of modern humans, because it has produced untold amount of jobs and products and in turn pushing human population into new height.  Very soon though, automation will put so many people out of menial and even creative jobs, because so many things will be able to be automated with great efficiency.

Efficiency is the key to a future, because automation will be so efficient in which even more products will be able to be produced.  Unfortunately, people will not be a part of this new enlightenment, because the production will become automation.  Automation does not need human inputs.  I surmise in the early stage of automation, some human inputs will be needed.  When the efficiency of automation becomes fully transpired, human inputs will merely be needed.

Imagine how this future will unfold.  Let’s be simple and take a look at things that are closer to home.  Automation will put truck drivers, taxi drivers, pilots, construction workers, manufacturing workers, programmers, engineers, and even musicians out of job.  It’s simple to see self-driving car technology will be able to replace jobs that require human drivers.  It’s simple to see self-flying plane technology will be able to replace jobs that require pilots.  It’s simple to see the construction process of any building in the future will become evermore automated such as 3D printing machine technology for construction process, thus less construction workers will be needed.  It’s simple to see manufacturing workers will be replaced by machines, because machines don’t demand wages.  Artificial intelligence will be able to replace programmers, engineers, and musician, because the smarter artificial intelligence gets the less human inputs are needed in these jobs.

I bet China and elsewhere in the world are looking toward this automation trend, because these places are already being industrialized.  The next logical step for them is to go automation for even more efficient future.  Unfortunate for India, if she isn’t industrialized fast enough, she may have to face a future in which the world is going full speed ahead for automation.  In the automation world, companies don’t need cheap labor jobs, but these companies can purchase cheap machines to build products.  India will find herself to be vulnerable in such a future for sure.  Besides India, I think anywhere in the world will see automation as a challenge, because automation means less jobs for everybody.

You can argue automation will also create new jobs, but we have to remember that the number of jobs that automation needs won’t be able to replace untold amount of jobs the world needs.  For an example, a manufacturer plant’s automation may require one or two skill engineers to reprogram the automation process, but thousands of employees will be fired for machines are the only answer for automation.  This whole automation thing reminds me of “The Matrix” very much.  The movie “The Matrix” first came out for entertainment, but we may never know it might just be so prophetic in the future.

In summary, automation will give India and China so much pain, because the population sizes of these two countries are so huge.  Huge population means more jobs are needed, but automation will replace so many jobs that huge population may have to cry for mercy.  China will fare better than India if automation is to speed up, because China has the surplus of money, infrastructure, and so on to help her population cope with automation.  India will not fare very well in the automation world, because she is still trying to industrialize her way out of poverty.  In a world where machines replace humans, I think India won’t be able to fully industrialize.  Check out the video right after the break to find more on why India could be in so much pain when automation comes knocking.

Just A Thought: Would China Create Technology To Destroy All Satellites To Force Everyone Fights Without Eyes In The Heaven?

I was reading an article which mentioned how China may use technology in space to ram United States’ satellites to prevent spying and GPS and whatnot activities in wartime, and I thought to myself that China could also create satellites that may act like a last resort measure in which it would project indiscriminately projectiles to all satellites in an orbit, including the ones that China operates.  Why I think China can also go this route?  Well, let me see, in wartime China got the number on her side, because she got 1.3 billion people to draft from for a world war.  If China can sacrifice her satellites to destroy all satellites of her enemies, then why not right?  After all, when all satellites become inoperable, China can use traditional warfare tactics that do not rely on satellites to win war — she got the number on her side.  Of course, this is only my imagination, because I don’t know if China has ever created something like this yet.  Of course, the United States can do the same, but this means such technology would force the United States to fight blind.  I think the United States prefers to have her satellites operating during wartime.

Just A Suggestion On What We Should Aim For When Traveling To Another Galaxy

I’m no geek in space stuffs, but I like to watch Star Trek TV shows and movies sometimes.  Anyhow, whenever I see Star Trek’s spaceship such as the Enterprise, I dream that I could be on one.  In my opinion, space faring is very cool.

In reality, we can’t travel anywhere far away from our planet earth yet.  Sure, we can send robotic crafts to a distant planet, but such a planet would still be within our solar system.  Perhaps, making as far as the edge of our solar system is already a great achievement in our time.

Talking about space faring to a hospitable planet which resides in another galaxy is totally a fantasy still.  How come?  According to the Internet, the closest galaxy is like 25,000 light-years away.  Our human civilization might already be extinct by then if we’re not careful.

Traveling to another galaxy requires technology which we can only fantasize at the moment.  Warping in space is one of such technologies.  Another one is using a wormhole to take a shortcut in space.  These technologies require immense energy, and our current technologies are in no way near in having such advancements.

Nonetheless, if one day we can harness immense energy and know how to utilize such energy, I like to suggest that we should not build a spaceship like the Enterprise.  How come?  Such a spaceship is too small and not sustainable for generations of space faring creatures.

I think we should create a spaceship that is immense in size and has similar shape to earth.  Such a craft should be at least 1/3 of the earth size, because such a huge craft can sustain artificial ecosystems that are similar to earth.  This way, generations of space faring creatures can survive and thrive for a long time — making our way to another galaxy should be doable by then.

Such a craft may need a technology to harness the stars, and making such stars as if they’re the gas stations in space.  Warp and wormhole technologies are the must have technologies, because these technologies could aid in speeding up the journey to another galaxy.  Anyhow, as the human race advances, we may be able to see the children of much later generations to take on such a bold adventure — traveling to another galaxy.