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I have a question,but its about the year 2150 AD

Tanmoy Dhara
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I was thinking that, every year a gazillion of new discoveries and innovations take place on the soil of Earth.So, the study material of the universities are upgraded accordingly.

You must admit that you have learnt more than what Issac Newton learnt in college.Even i have heard from my grandfather that he learnt calculous in college ( how unbelievable) .

With technology turning more sophisticated day after day, there is one catch. Every one will have to begin at the grass root level, by learning that two plus two makes four.

So, do you think by 2150 or 2200 this thing will happen -

1. Undergradution degrees will be made 8 year course ,people will become Phd only when they reach 40s.

2.You will have to choose your discipline at a very early age. I mean, you will have to make a choice between science, arts and commerce at the age of say,12. Which will leave you with no idea about history,geography,social science, making you a living database of science with no inclusive growth or proper honing of natural skills.

How do you think they will cope up with this problem?


PS forgot to mention that i felt very inspired in my childhood by stories of Cavendish innovationg great things in home laboratory, or Michael Faraday becoming a scientist after working in a bookshop and reading books there. But i don't thinks such things happen anymore. If you know any great innovation made after 1950 in someones home, please let me know.


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Anil K Chandra
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Here is what I think:

Much of today's education is spent in memorizing stuff, because to solve anyhting, you need to know what techniques are best suited for solving the problem. You can skip the memorizing part and start from the basic principles, but that takes a lot of time.

By 2150, I expect someone would have figured out how to interface human minds with computers and let the computers do the memorization stuff. The mind can be used to do pattern matching and the intuitive leaps. People will be taught how to query the with computers for specific results. That is all their education will consist of.
Pawel Nowacki
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2. I don't think it will be such a narrow specialization. Some concepts are so universal and cross-discipline it is not possible to extract only certain part of it. In my opinion people can't evolve without comprehensive knowledge - there is always someone who put all those pieces together. Many great ideas came from mixing different concepts from distinct disciplines. Checking all such possible valuable mixes would take centuries for a machine right now, not saying it is not possible, though.

By 2150 there will be less difference between us and machines I recon. Just as Anil K Chandra mentioned humans will be more able with memorization stuff (due to expanded brain knowledge) and machines will be much more intuitive. However, greater and faster human memory will serve only as a storage without such things like experience and intuition - things that are so indefinable and you can't just learn them.

As for home invention, I think there is plenty. How about year 1991 and Linus Torvalds creating Linux? (I picked first that came to my mind). Look at all those new languages and scripts around. I am sure that most of them have their origin on home desktops



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I believe that the purpose of college is NOT to teach you information, but to teach you how to ACQUIRE information. You learn how to learn. You learn how to approach and solve problems. And you learn a lot about what there is to learn about. One of the main things I learned in college was how little I knew about anything.

Lawyers will tell you that in law school, they don't learn how to write a brief, or argue a case, or write a motion. They learn how to think about a case. Every lawyer should approach a case in the same way. That does not mean they will reach the same conclusions, but they should all start by asking the same basic set of questions to figure out what their approach should be.


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Tanmoy Dhara
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As for home invention, I think there is plenty. How about year 1991 and Linus Torvalds creating Linux? (I picked first that came to my mind). Look at all those new languages and scripts around. I am sure that most of them have their origin on home desktops


I was refering to core science disciplines like physics, chemistry etc. Computer science did not came to my thoughts ,otherwise i would have excluded it beforehand .Thanks for th example though.

Secondly, i also think that the 2nd option is not possible.You have to have some knowledge about the world and its people,culture,history..not because it is imperative, but because it makes you a good communicator.

As for the rest part of the conversation goes, i see that the human computer notion coming up. Frankly speaking i don't know how that will be implemented (although the work have already been started on it), but yes, thats surely one way to look at it .
 
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