This video is one that I have watched many times. It shows the advancements in technology and how they have and will continue to impact the human race. This video should be watched by all those who want to stay ahead or be aware of where our world is going. Educators who are resilient to change, could benefit from seeing how impactful electronics are.

The most eye opening quote of this video is when the narrator says "robots don't need to be perfect, they just need to be better than humans". This is alarming for one reason, humans are error prone. Think of how many times you were in a vehicle and were distracted by your phone, your kids, or what is around you. Computers can never have this happen to them. 

Think about your job as a teacher. You may think that what you do on a daily basis is irreplaceable. The curriculum you deliver, the communication you bring to a room. All of these things are on the table for a computer to do, and do better than you ever can. Here is two quick examples how:

  • Microsoft Home of the Future. This home is wired from top to bottom with interactive screens, microphone and camera inputs, and wall to wall programming. For example, it scans the fridge as you pull out ingredients, then cross check this with recipes on the internet. You simply need to pull out your leftovers and the counter will walk you through how to best use them. Imagine this type of interactivity is in your schools. Learning spaces would never be more individual, and customizable for teachable moments. Students choose from a menu that is directly in their desk, then move that space into the hallway, corner, or reading nook depending on where they want to work. 
  • Meet Watson, the worlds first diagnosing robot. This program is currently designed for the medical field, but soon will be transformed into everyday life. This robot can listen to every word, then cross check the symptoms over every medical document in history as fast as the speed of data. Students struggling in your room will not longer be invisible as Watson will cross check homework, assessment data, state standards, and conversations with where each student is. The teacher will receive a notification about where each student is at and provide materials to best help this student get caught up.

Questions for Educators:
  • We will be replaced, how much of our work will be?
  • What are you doing today to stay ahead?
  • How can you prepare your students for this world?
  • Where does this lead the world in 100 or 200 years?
  • What if there is no stopping point?