It’s the end of the school year at this end of the world, so it’s kind of natural for me to be reflecting on times been and times to come.
Watching this recently released video of Steve Wozniak talking about his role in the revolutionary change brought about by the development of the Apple computer is both beautifully filmed and fascinatingly informative.
Who could have dreamt of the developments that followed that momentous design? The pace of change is indeed very fast. How many of us could have predicted that today we would be debating the merits or otherwise of computers being able to think and act on their own?
When I read a report last week in which the pre-eminent scientist Steven Hawking warned that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could spell the end of the human race, I found myself sitting up and listening. The article from BBC News: Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind is well worth a read. If you know little about AI, this report includes a brief, easy to understand, introduction to AI by Prof Murray Shanahan.
Stephen Hawking is not alone in voicing his concerns about AI. Elon Musk, chief executive of rocket-maker Space X, also fears that AI is our biggest existential threat.
The question of whether or not we should be worried about the development of Artificial Intelligence is heavily debated, but this recent CNN broadcast (December 2, 2014) in which James Barrat, author of “Our Final Invention” discusses the issue, left me somewhat disconcerted.
Contemporary discourse, which recognizes the incredible speed of technological changes, indicates that it’s not possible for educators to plan detailed educational programs beyond five years. With an eye on where we are headed in the future, discussion, debate, exploration and questioning are behind most everything we put in place in our schools.
Over the last 12 months, I’ve learned and explored much. Lots of opportunities, for which I am very grateful, have been thrown my way allowing me to grow, learn and explore more than I ever thought I could. While I look forward to the end of year break over summer, I know that in between reading and relaxing, I will also explore interests which I regularly add to my never ending ‘to do’ list.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts in future posts after the break.
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