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