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    1. 1. Leapfrogging in Education, Society, and Economy: Some Necessary Changes Arthur Harkins, Ph.D. John Moravec, Ph.D.
    2. 2. First, a few questions <ul><li>For which century are we educating our children and youth? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of teachers in a rapidly changing, global/solar, knowledge-based economy? </li></ul><ul><li>Who/what are the teachers of the future? </li></ul><ul><li>How can education help sustain human innovation? </li></ul>
    3. 3. About this presentation… <ul><li>We introduce “Sustainable Innovation,” a new mission for formal, informal, and non-formal education </li></ul>
    4. 4. About this presentation… <ul><li>We state that Sustainable Innovation is necessary to respond to the Technological Singularity , a concept developed by Vernor Vinge and popularized by Ray Kurzweil </li></ul>
    5. 5. About this presentation… <ul><li>We define the Singularity as an emerging future radically different from the present </li></ul>
    6. 6. About this presentation… <ul><li>We project effects of the Singularity through the emergence of Trans-Humanity and Post-Humanity </li></ul>
    7. 7. About this presentation… <ul><li>With the Singularity in mind, we connect Sustainable Innovation to all levels of education, with strong emphases on routinely creative children and youth , and on revisions in the capabilities and functions of teachers, hardware, and software </li></ul>
    8. 8. What is Sustainable Innovation? <ul><li>Sustainable Innovation is continuous innovation, unimpeded by factors such as anti-intellectualism, bureaucracy, “tradition,” and ignorance </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Innovation is a necessary response to projected and unanticipated change at all levels of humans and their environments, both Global and Solar </li></ul>
    9. 9. What is the Singularity? <ul><li>The Singularity is the complex, seemingly chaotic outcome of converging technologies (i.e., nanotechnology, molecular biology, virtual reality, robotics, and neurological implants) … and social change </li></ul><ul><li>The Singularity is producing Trans-Humans (TH) and within a few decades may be expected to produce Post-Humans (PH) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Who are the TH? <ul><li>Trans-Humans are among us now </li></ul><ul><li>They are often children and youth, partnering and evolving with digital and other technologies </li></ul><ul><li>They may be ordinary adults, partnering with implanted pacemakers, artificial knee joints, or transplanted hearts </li></ul>
    11. 11. Who are the PH? <ul><li>Post-Humans are projected to emerge when the Singularity has progressed from today through another 3-4 decades </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to evolve rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Humans are projected to be </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new intelligent species </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>various forms of self-aware Artificial Intelligence </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Effects of TH and PH <ul><li>Many of today’s children and youth are becoming practicing Trans-Humans </li></ul><ul><li>As partners with machines and software, many of these children are beginning to leave their teachers behind </li></ul><ul><li>Already, virtual environments such as Second Life allow for the design and evolution of improved virtual people </li></ul>
    13. 13. These dynamics mean that some children and youth are actively helping to create the Singularity
    14. 14. A closer look at the Singularity <ul><li>Change has always been with us, but now it is faster and less predictable </li></ul><ul><li>Humans must evolve their institutions, cultures and behaviors to control their own inventions </li></ul><ul><li>Because humans attempt to control change, the Singularity evolves ever faster as a chaotic meta-invention </li></ul>
    15. 15. Chaotic dynamics are the sources of Trans- and Post-Humanity
    16. 16. Ray Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns
    17. 17. Accelerating Change, Accelerating Returns Time Level of Advancement J
    18. 18. Attending to the Singularity: the power of ‘Leapfrogging’
    19. 19. Leapfrog! Level of Advancement J Time J’
    20. 20. What does Leapfrog mean? <ul><li>Leapfrog means leadership rather than catching up. </li></ul><ul><li>One could say that it offers a Great Leapfrog Forward. </li></ul>
    21. 21. How does Leapfrog support Sustainable Innovation? <ul><li>Leapfrog education means using advanced (wireless) technologies to assist students and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Leapfrog education technologies permit moving from memorization to creative and innovative knowledge production </li></ul>
    22. 22. How does Leapfrog apply to education? <ul><li>Knowledge creation is the core of modern innovation societies </li></ul><ul><li>Schools must learn to serve Sustainable Innovation through new relationships between students and teachers </li></ul>
    23. 23. How does Leapfrog education work? <ul><li>North/South American students read Mandarin Chinese by using special “smart” reading glasses </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese students read English and Spanish using “smart” reading glasses </li></ul><ul><li>The glasses teach the languages </li></ul>
    24. 24. How does Leapfrog support Sustainable Innovation? <ul><li>Leapfrog supports Sustainable Innovation by upgrading human capital and human performance in far shorter periods of time </li></ul><ul><li>Leapfrog permits students of all ages to contribute to Sustainable Innovation through creativity and “instant” competence </li></ul>
    25. 25. Leapfrog ‘blends’ formal, informal, and non-formal education <ul><li>North/South American students become able to accomplish many things within and beyond traditional, formal education </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese students do the same </li></ul><ul><li>The technologies make this possible </li></ul>
    26. 26. ‘ Merged’ education formats are essential for Sustainable Innovation in global/solar societies
    27. 27. Leapfrog facilitates these mergers
    28. 28. Education leaders must reorient their policies and practices to attend to rapid advances in technology and the rapid virtualization of learning, living, and working. They must Leapfrog toward Sustainable Innovation.
    29. 29. When schools Leapfrog, they… <ul><li>Balance progress and economic prosperity with maintaining tradition </li></ul><ul><li>Create new traditions to enable progress and economic prosperity in a globalized and solarized future </li></ul><ul><li>Align their programs toward the development of global citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Become entrepreneurial, innovative, and adaptive to their environments through assertive leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Help create and attend to the Singularity through Sustainable Innovation </li></ul>
    30. 30. When schools Leapfrog, they… <ul><li>Integrate modeling, simulation, and gaming technologies into teaching and learning practices </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for student-student and/or student-technology-student knowledge production through information and communications technology systems. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Looking Ahead <ul><li>Imagine a global miracle in sustainable innovation… </li></ul><ul><li>Where our students and teachers are the leaders among knowledge and innovation economies </li></ul><ul><li>Where no student fails in schools and colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Where our citizens are the global standard for leading edge Sustainable Innovation development and application </li></ul>
    32. 32. Looking Ahead <ul><li>Imagine our teacher training colleges … </li></ul><ul><li>As the world’s leading centers of Sustainable Innovation within a decade </li></ul><ul><li>As one crucial link in a chain of education opportunities for PreK-17 learners amid an ecology of sustainability opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Bolstered with advanced networking technologies to support Sustainable Innovation in all levels of education </li></ul>
    33. 33. A new education mission: Sustainable Innovation <ul><li>You partner with technology </li></ul><ul><li>You nurture Trans-Humanity </li></ul><ul><li>You radiate education services 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>You help children and youth create knowledge and apply it innovatively </li></ul><ul><li>You respond to and create the Singularity </li></ul><ul><li>You create and prepare to welcome your new partners and successors, the Post-Humans </li></ul>
    34. 34. Continuing the conversation <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Education Futures http://www.educationfutures.com </li></ul>
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