Inspired Learning 2020 and beyond

A personal quest of mine is to prepare a TedX talk to pass on my insights to young parents who are wondering how in the world do we prepare our children for employment in the next 10+ years. You might think ten years is a long way off. The problem is time passes and you suddenly realize how behind the curve you are with the changes in society and technology you are required to use at work.

So I am on a mission to find sources of inspiration and insight that I can draw on from authors who are thinking about the AI augmented workforce. People who have given thought to the impact of AI in our lives and can speak to the practicality of what we will face soon and who over ideas on how to prosper. There is no end to the gloom-and-doom articles that persist about the dark aspect of AI. I don’t see much value in that as a central focus.

I’m interested in seeing what is possible with machines that can help me think and work at higher levels of abstraction by removing the tedious and repetitive aspects of knowledge work. These are the tools I want my grandkids to use and feel inspired continuously to keep learning.   An example of tools that are striving for this now is Brainspace 6.

Here is their promise:

Brainspace 6 is the industry’s most advanced software for digital investigations and unstructured data analysis. Built on our patented machine learning platform, Brainspace learns dynamically without the use of lexicons or taxonomies, giving users a robust suite of interactive visualizations and search tools to reveal the story within your data.

I’ve used Brainspace for two years. Brainspace reminds me of the first time the arrival of the family’s first (and only)  World Book Encyclopedia. I was seven years old and transfixed by a wealth of information at my finger-tips. I remember my mind was tingling with ideas. My thoughts became lost in a universe of possibilities with what seemed like unlimited access to facts and stories about countries and people around the world. Using Brainspace always brings back that same feeling of joy and discovery.

But back to the matter at hand. How do we prepare ourselves in the workforce for future versions of ultra-smart tools like this in the 2020-2030 time frame? What is the right way to mentor our children and grandchildren to be not only constant learners but inspired souls that seek a higher sense of what’s possible beyond just the operation of automated tools? In other words, how do we take the power of AI and the creativity, love, and intuition that makes us unique as humans and blend these for a better world?

One perspective is to look at this next decade as an opportunity for us to focus on being more who we are as humans as we team with machines that are becoming more capable at what they do best. In our case, we focus on enhancing our analytical technical acumen with skills that rely on empathy, collaboration, and socialization. An interesting article that raises this point is AI and the rise of the emotional economy.

If this is a topic you find interesting then consider getting these three books. I’m using them to prepare more public presentations on the topic. I’m asking for feedback every step of the way. So feel free to reach out to me with your ideas. I realize there are hundreds of software tools that are being revamped with enhanced AI abilities shortly. Not all of them are knowledge tools.  My point here is to remind ourselves to look at what this new level of mental augmentation does for us and to continue making mindful choices that impact the quality of our lives and our children’s lives as we evolve ourselves with these new tools.

Average is Over – Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen
Only Humans Need Apply by Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby
Smarter Faster Better  by Charles Duhigg
Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

If you only have time for one – get Only Humans Need Apply.