Preparing the Citizens of Tomorrow
Our education system is a legacy of the First and the Second Industrial Revolutions when the purpose of education was to prepare skilled labour for the factory system. Though automation and technological advancement radically altered the way we work, play or communicate in the Third Industrial Revolution (1960- ), the purpose of education, unfortunately, has remained unchanged in our current system of teaching the young.
Evidence of dramatic changes is all around us already — artificial intelligence, quantum computing, self-driven cars, genetic engineering, sharing economy, 3D printing, to name just a few. In the near future, the all-encompassing technology- and innovation-driven Fourth Industrial Revolution (2010-) will transform current social, cultural and economic structures into a new world order.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another
- Technologies that fuse the physical, digital and biological worlds such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, robotics, materials science, energy storage, nanotechnology and biotechnology
- Transformational impact on all disciplines, economies and industries
- Age of extraordinary creativity, innovation and originality
- Challenging of ideas about what it means to be human
- Social and Creative Intelligence
The implications of this tectonic shift will be immense for education, workspaces, and employment and employability.
New economic, social and institutional models will emerge
As new models evolve, traditional industries will fade out as will demand for a traditionally-trained workforce
Artificial Intelligence will become ubiquitous
As AI advances, all routine, repetitive work will be taken over by machines
New careers and opportunities
65% of students who seek employment in 2030 will work in careers that are unheard of today
‘Human’ skills will be most valued
Jobs not taken over by AI will require skills such as social, emotional and creative intelligence, problem-solving, critical thinking, etc.