The Shifting Winds of Education and Artificial Intelligence


Nick Burnett, Futurist and Education and learning entrepreneur, recently published an Article on education and artificial intelligence. The article launches a series that explores exponential technologies and their impact on learning and teaching. The post was co-authored with Nick Kairinos and the Fountech team.  A focus on learners, teachers and leaders is critical, as education is the key to success in the 21st Century.  I recommend the article.

I have long been focused on the Next Generation of Education. Some believe that our current MBA Education is actually working against us – driving a short term thinking that will undermine our viability. Next Generation EducationIf I were to be honest, I am consistently of two minds on the topic: One side of my brain says that life-long learning is critical in an emerging future where the nature of work changes and new jobs grow obsolete at an accelerating pace. In this world, our current learning paradigm will fail us. But the other side asks: can humans really re-skill themselves as rapidly as that world demands? Can any new learning paradigm solve that problem?

Regardless of the battles going on in my head, it is clear that profound changes to education are coming. In a recent book titled, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students, supporting society in ways that artificial intelligence cannot. His underlying premise is that the existing model of higher education has yet to adapt to the seismic shifts rattling the foundations of the global economy – I firmly agree. It was Alvin Tofler that said: The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those that can’t read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Artificial Intelligence will play a critical role in our future learning paradigm. AI will intersect with everything; I analyzed a number of Intersections in an Earlier Series