Well of course it is, as life is all about “learning” so what is special about this statement and what makes it worth your time to read, other than you might learn something? Well that in fact is the point, yet it is not so much about what you will learn, it is more about what you can teach and how you can do it. Again, as kids we learned (note the tense is intentional), and “most” of us as adults keep learning all be it maybe at a different pace, however the paradigm shift which faces us is one of teaching.
As what will we be teaching should be the question as it won’t be so much our carbon based young-ings, instead we will be tutoring element 14 centered beings as in yes silicon based systems or just plain ole computers. While this may sound like a sci-fi movie where some guy in his birthday suit who just so happens to look like a former Californian Governor who has an illegitimate child with the help you would be wrong.
What we are talking about is the rise of “Watson” type devices, you know the IBM computer that won on “What is Jeopardy” as what made it smart wasn’t rote algorithms as in the past. Instead it was its ability to learn, and play that learning forward in a massive parallel way (like a human does). Where in the days of old, Artificial Intelligence systems where based on “hard rules” which were fixed, meaning you needed to have rules for rules, and then more rules. Here you see quickly this doesn’t scale and that becomes a problem as you are dealing with finite probabilities, bound by infinite possibilities.
Yet it’s here where the key break through is, as instead of rules you allow the systems to collect data about the “probabilities” and forget the possibilities [remember you as a human don’t enumerate all possibilities to get a glass of water] and bingo, “synaptic” action at its best. Also least you think this is only a game show marketing novelty, it isn’t. As you can have your very own Watson junior to hold in your hand with a simple visit to the Apple store.
As yes Siri is Watson Jr, posed to become Super Watson as everything you ask of it is sent back to a central store where it becomes a building block for the next thing. Therefore Siri is growing smarter every day as you might even say more aware if you it’s users and therefore the world around it. While only the tip of the iceberg, there will be more and more of these systems in the consumers hands, which means your productivity will be linked to your ability to teach. In turn making this [the ability to teach] a critical skill as it may even become more valued then the ability to do…