Connecting the whole world together for a better future

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In most recent years, technology is becoming more accessible to people in developing countries. The fact is, it is only going to keep getting better

By 2020, 70% of the world’s population will have access to a smartphone and the internet. Eventually, the internet will become the world’s top education.

On top of this, it won’t cost a dime and everyone with an internet connection will be able to access this.

 

‘Not everyone can gain access to education’

This phrase will become a myth when more of the world’s population gains access to education. The more aware we become, the higher the chances of ground breaking activities being developed and ones which can better our society.

 

Not fighting the possibility of better communication

Instead we should see this as an opportunity to improve our lives and achieve our ambitions.

 

A wealth of abundance

With the latest developments, this can provide everyone with all kinds of free and limitless information, which in the past, and certainly before the internet, was scarcer and more costly.

 

Competition will become non existent

We will not be fighting for opportunities as you will finally be able to focus on what you really want to do. Right now, most of the world is moving to cities in hope of obtaining certain employment.

 

The future of cities

We will have cities in future? Possibly not if we will be able to work from anywhere.

 

Strengthening connections

We are currently connected by cellular towers, but this will be strengthened even more by the use of satellites. Cities and towns in some of the remote parts of world will finally be connected. Elon Musk’s company Space X plans to deliver broadband via satellite. Shall this take off, the possibility of not connecting the world will be very slim!

 

Moving into an Idea Economy

Once we are finally connected, this will help us transition into an Idea Economy; an economy of creation and generating ideas. People for the first time in their lives will be accepted rather than simply being a cog in a machine.

 

Cog in a machine

This is a rather derogatory term for being a mere number of the workplace culture. In the future this will be a story of the past. Rest assured, this will be liberating for many.

 

Parity

One of the greatest issues faced in our society is inequality. I believe that the more connected we will be, the greater the eventual hope of gaining parity in our society. This is an aspect of our society which has not been possible for many years.

 

Positive gain for the environment

By connecting everyone, we can potentially dematerialise a large part of our society. The more technology will develop, the more the costs of electricity and gas will become significantly lower. Once more and more people work virtually, there will be no need to commute to cities and thus this will decrease the carbon footprint substantially.

 

The ability to unite countries

There are people around the world who feel out of touch since they do not have access to the internet. The eventual long term aim is to build a smart grid which everyone can be a part of. This smart grid can help every single person by providing them with a purpose. When I refer to ‘a purpose’, I mean the ability to use their initiative. We were all brought to this planet to offer certain skills which can help others. I believe this is the future and how we can make this world a better place

 

 

By Caroline Peart

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The rise of AI in education

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Far into the future, you may not even need to attend an onsite location to receive your education. “Susie” will be assigned to you and guide you through your study journey. This may sound daunting to many but actually this is something quite amazing for all future learners.

Susie, as mentioned above, is a powered and programmed bot with emotional intelligence capabilities. This is a virtual teacher. One which you can potentially have a two-way conversation with.

 

How can AI benefit future education?

Education today has moved away from the focus of empowering and bettering students. Instead, its learners are being churned out like cogs in machines.

We are taught predominately facts rather than skills that we ultimately need.

Many of us are pushed in certain directions and get left behind. I believe that artificial intelligence will reinforce the importance of learning and how everyone can benefit from it.

 

Catering for different types of learners

We do not all learn the same way which is not bad, but for many educational institutions they have struggled to fulfil the needs of these different learners. I am referring to learning via visual, reading, spatial and auditory. Since being unable to help them, these students feel incapable and useless. AI will ensure that no student will encounter any of these feelings. The virtual teacher will work alongside the student and will tap into what exactly the student needs.

 

No more “special needs” schools

Roll over special schools, the latest technology will completely eradicate the purpose of these institutions. No longer will a child need to be pulled out of mainstream education. Virtual education will be able to cater for everyone. Who said these learners were never capable of really excelling academically?

 

Limiting social prejudice

Our society today places a tremendous pressure on students to study particular courses which will lead to the best universities. This causes competition for people to be in the best classes or they miss out. Is this the way education should be? AI will make education fairer and give everyone an opportunity to succeed the best way.

 

Equality made possible

As I mentioned in the above paragraph, education must not be boxed in and only offer opportunities to people at certain periods of time. There must be a gateway to those who do achieve when they are ready. This is why we must have equality and the technology will assist with making this possible.

 

Encouragement and empowerment

Suzie will operate on demand and help students to stay on track. She will never demotivate. One of the many reasons why people do not succeed is due to a lack of confidence. Many young people feel a disconnect between themselves and their teachers. This comes down to the fact that these teachers have not been empowered during their own experiences. It’s inevitable that these feelings can be filtered down.

In order to help the next generation, we must make sure that a great deal of encouragement and inspiration is transferred.

 

Say goodbye to bullying and hello to harmony

Our educational structure makes it more likely for students to be singled out and ostracised, which in a way makes way for bullying. Virtual teachers can be used from anywhere removing the need for children to be at school. This can in turn reduce the possibility of unkind behaviour. If this can successfully be achieved via virtual teachers, then it will make learning more enjoyable. The children who are under constant bickering actually end up turning their backs on education.

The future of education can be very promising if we find ways around making it more encouraging and beneficial to others.

 

Caroline Peart

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