Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

AI, Education and the Future of Everything

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

AI, Education and the Future of Everything

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WE'RE AT ONE OF THOSE historical intersections between technology and civilization in which civilization will be altered forever by developments that are already underway. Some refer to this as the "fourth industrial revolution," as Keith Kreuger does in his column on page 24, others the "fourth wave of technology, as futurist Michio Kaku does (more on him later).

To summarize: Between the advent and widespread adoption of both AI and robotics, a moderate peek into the not-too-distant future reveals a world that would have been unthinkable just decades ago except in the most fanciful science fiction, a world in which automation is everywhere, from self-driving cars to automated security systems to self-service medical treatment--a world in which indeed most human beings don't need to work for a living because automation will take care of the work for us. (Forward-thinking people are already contemplating how to implement universal basic income--that is, income human beings receive while AIs or robots do their work for them)

But human beings will always be needed for some tasks, right? I mean, surely the creative professions will be spared, won't they? Musicians? Artists? Writers? Well, as some of you know, AIs are already writing music. And they're constructing works of art. Some have co-written novels (one of which passed a first round in a Japanese literary contest two years ago). And even news organizations are getting in on the act You probably don't even know that some of the news you read is at least partially written by an AI, but it is whether it's an AI analyzing data for a story or filling in the text around a set of scores in a report about a basketball game, what you're reading, at least to some extent, isn't all human anymore. …

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