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Being Human in a Digital Age?


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presentation at QUT on human attributes of existing in a digital age.

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Being Human in a Digital Age?

  1. 1. Being Human in a Digital Age (?) August 26, 2016 George Siemens QUT: Grand Challenges Lecture
  2. 2. Stop predicting the future. Leave that to the robot who's going to steal your job Jess Zimmerman, 2014
  3. 3. Perez 2011
  4. 4. Source: Mary Meeker, 2015, Internet Trends
  5. 5. Source: Mary Meeker, 2015, Internet Trends
  6. 6. Vanity Fair, 2014
  7. 7. The Guardian, 2014
  8. 8. Business Insider, 2015
  9. 9. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race” Stephen Hawking, 2014
  10. 10. NY Times, 2014
  11. 11. Blastr, 32016
  12. 12. The Atlantic, 2015
  13. 13. Damn Daniel! Those military people are doing some looney stuff overseas!
  14. 14. Bloomberg, 2016
  15. 15. Activist Post, 2016
  16. 16. Washington Post, 2016
  17. 17. That’s crazy! But at least I still have a job.
  18. 18. The Guardian, 2016
  19. 19. Bloomberg, 2016
  20. 20. Technology Review 2013) rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them
  21. 21. Worst income inequality in history of USA?
  22. 22. WEF, 2016
  23. 23. What’s left for us?
  24. 24. The Caring Economy?
  25. 25. BLS, 2014
  26. 26. BLS, 2014
  27. 27. Deloitte 2015
  28. 28. What do we do as a society?
  29. 29. Edsurge, 2016
  30. 30. WSJ, 2016
  31. 31. BBC, 2016
  32. 32. Relinquishment of technology? Bill Joy, 2000
  33. 33. A new era? Information representation Development of logic Printing press Industrial age Information/computing age New age of humanness? Joy, self-compassion, art, beauty? Affect? Happiness?
  34. 34. Complexification of higher education Learning needs are complex, ongoing Simple singular narrative won’t suffice going forward The idea of the university (and learning) is expanding and diversifying
  35. 35. Self-regulated, self-selected, self-directed learning
  36. 36. Social media, MOOCs, community knowledge spaces
  37. 37. BMGF, 2016
  38. 38. Student profiles Diversifying (OECD) Less than 50% now full time (US Census Bureau) OECD, 2015 US Census, 2013
  39. 39. Favours women over men More learners as % (up to 60%) Average entrance age increasing Top three countries for entering students: China, India, USA Traditional science courses waning in popularity Greater international student OECD 2013
  40. 40. “higher education is now serving more students with more stress than at any prior point in history, yet we have done little to educate ourselves about the strategies that brain science knows can help students better manage their stress, induce relaxation and consequently improve their learning experiences.”
  41. 41. What will we teach? Why will we go to university?
  42. 42. “Perhaps in reaching to educate the brain, we should also consider reaching for the heart” (Peer Reviewed (by me) message on Slack, Catherine Spann, 2015)
  43. 43. WEF, 2016
  44. 44. Learning & Knowledge Framework
  45. 45. Existing educational practices addresses these quadrants
  46. 46. The future of work is in these quadrants
  47. 47. Maria Popova in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross- pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles.
  48. 48. Exploration Learning is the exploration of the unknown… … not just mastery of what is already known.
  49. 49. Compelling Questions Habitable Worlds: Are We Alone? Contagion: Can We Survive?
  50. 50. Astronomy Chemistry Geology Physics Biology The questions we care about don’t fit in silos Transdisciplinary