The Future of Education, AI, and Mars


A  Quick Look at Five Futurist Blog Posts

Futurist Kevin Kelly is not worried about a super AI, and he gives five reasons for it.

  • First, he argues that AI is not improving exponentially, even if a lot of the input variable (number of processors,  data creation, etc.) are.
  • Second, he thinks we can simply “reprogram” AIs if and when they get out of line.
  • Third, he doesn’t think it’s likely that AIs will be able to reprogram themselves in such a way that they can lock out human interventions.
  • Fourth, he thinks that “the challenge of rearing AIs” is an opportunity to analyze and improve our own ethics and humanity.
  • Fifth, he says that people tend to redefine “real AI” as the type of intelligence that we can’t currently reproduce. In other words, our definitions keep changing as AI advances.

Robin Hansen lays out several scenarios for Mars colonization and asks, “Are most Martians slaves? Are they selected for and trained into being extremely docile and servile?” In the end, though, this is an allegory for his em scenario.

Jeremy Williams writes about dirt, calling it The Most Overlooked Thing in the World. He argues that soil is amazing stuff and writes several blogs about why that’s so.

Thomas Frey discusses the future of teacherless education. He notes that there is a shortage of teachers in various parts of the world and argues, “Education is now on the verge of a major transformation and artificial intelligence-based teacherless education systems are quickly taking center stage. ”

Richard Jones looks at the recent history of productivity stagnation in the UK.  He believes there are several key causes of the stagnation, including the low production of North Sea oil, the nation’s low investments in research and development, and the “bursting of our financial services bubble.” Other factors include a historically low investments in infrastructure and, coming up, the prospect of the UK leaving the EU.




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