Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be Everywhere—But You May Not Own One

Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be Everywhere—But You May Not Own One

Even as the capabilities of self-driving cars continue to evolve, it is not a given that consumers will choose to buy one. What is equally likely is that autonomous vehicles will transform the automotive industry entirely. According to some estimates, there could be as many as 10 million cars with self-driving features on the road by 2020. In fact, surveys suggest that there will be fewer car owners and more driverless vehicles in the future.

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Education and accelerated change: The imperative for design learning

Education and accelerated change: The imperative for design learning

Discussions on the impact of “technological disruption” writ large are now so common as to seem almost banal. According to research at Gartner, for example, one-third of all jobs will be converted into software, robots, and smart machines by as early as 2025. Meanwhile, some 65 percent of children in grade school today are predicted to work in jobs that have yet to be invented. In fact, all of these changes are converging toward what some are now describing as a “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Given this technological revolution, how should educators respond to accelerating change? 

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Creativity and learning for the Conceptual Age

Creativity and learning for the Conceptual Age

What is the role of education in in the age of disruptive innovation? According to a new report by researchers at the University of Oxford, 57 percent of jobs in OECD countries are now susceptible to significant automation (with this number rising to 69 percent in India and 77 percent in China). Together artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, and digital manufacturing are poised to transform the economic landscape. Indeed, artificial intelligence alone is forecast to match and even exceed human capabilities across a range of skilled and unskilled labor. 

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Education and underemployment in the age of machine intelligence

Education and underemployment in the age of machine intelligence

Although the current unemployment rate now stands at just 5.0 percent, many economists concede that the real figure is much higher. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U-6 rate (total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons) measures underemployment at 10 percent. If we add in people who have given up looking for work altogether, the number is higher still. 

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Augmented intelligence: Educating skilled labor for the machine age

Augmented intelligence: Educating skilled labor for the machine age

What is the future of work and learning in the 21st century? Even as mounting demand to advance human capital has triggered a wide-ranging debate about the kinds of skills and competencies needed to drive advanced capitalist economies, questions remain about the future of work and learning. According to Brynjolfsson and McAfee (2014), for example, postindustrial economies are now moving into a “Second Machine Age” in which advanced technologies are beginning to displace rudimentary labor across multiple fields. 

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