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EDC MOOC December, 2014

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EDC MOOC December, 2014

  1. 1. the half-life of knowledge colin klein edc mooc december, 2014
  2. 2. 2034 santa clarita, california
  3. 3. So how can I become a Master Plumber? Job growth is projected at 21% over the next ten years. I want that security. Used to be that you had to pass California’s Master Plumbers Certification. And before that, you were required to either have an associates degree or to have completed a plumbers' union apprenticeship program.
  4. 4. That’s awesome. Less schooling, less debt for me. High-demand job, guaranteed paydays, sign me up man! But now, you just need to complete a basic plumbing training program. They want to make sure that you understand how to use tools and your common sense. You don’t even need to know basic physics and chemistry anymore.
  5. 5. Why is that? Can’t you keep track of what is happening in the field and stay up-to-date and relevant? You are a Master Plumber man. You are certified, untouchable. I make 2/3 of what I made 20 years ago. Does that trend concern you?
  6. 6. You don’t need to? What, you are willing to become a dinosaur? I cannot keep up with the ever-changing developments, but happily, I no longer need to. I have no need to learn anything new. The pressure to keep up is long gone.
  7. 7. It knows building codes, does blueprint reading, identifies tools and materials, installation, maintenance, servicing components, safety and even physics. What is there to remember? All facts and procedures are accessible from the Novit Omnia and displayed in the Holotek in front of me.
  8. 8. But what about your certification? Certifications are meaningless. Look, over the last 20 years, technology has reorganized our lives. How we communicate and especially how and what we need to learn have changed.
  9. 9. But…that’s not…that’s not…not even human bro. Look, it’s really this simple. I just show up to where I am supposed to go and do what the Novit Omnia tells me to do. I use my hands and make sure that no one gets hurt, including myself. And then I get paid.
  10. 10. What about being a creative problem solver? Come on man, to be human is to think, feel, create. Kid, my pay is the same. If a mistake is made, the Novit Omnia is blamed and not me. I’m just a pair of hands doing what I’m told.
  11. 11. If you’re just a pair of hands, then you will be replaced by the WorkDroids. Why am I even bothering with this false dream? There is no security here. The WorkDroids’ AI is fully integrated into the Novit Omnia so they have nothing to learn. But until their corporate masters get the battery issues worked out, I have job security.
  12. 12. But where is the sense of wonder? My life is predictable and with that there is a certain comfort. I have a roof over my head and put meat on the table for my family. Look at our culture and social environment and ask yourself, how is this any different?

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