Technology and Teachers
Today, we are educating children to be able to find a job for the coming years, but we have no idea what the world will look like in a decade or even less. That is the main reason why we should support teachers more than ever, integrate technology, personalize teaching and individualize learning in our schools. When we talk about education we often think about traditional schools versus schools supported by the newest technology. That’s the primary issue we have; we should shift from either/or thinking about education to both/and thinking.
Technology can be used as a tool to empower teachers and students to be more effective. Technology will never replace teachers and we should never strive for that goal. From the other side, that does not mean that we should clear classrooms from technology in order to preserve the main impact of teachers.
Some are concerned about the overuse of technology in classrooms and the amount of screen time our children have at home and then in school as well. Therefore, we should be careful how often we use technology and when other traditional methods can be sufficient and even better.
Let’s not forget that technology has connected the world and it can connect classrooms all over the world allowing students to collaborate with their peers. We might not know where technology will take us in the next few decades, but we should never forget that we all should stay up to date with the newest wonders in the world of technology.
Technology Will Revolutionize Transportation
Many believe that the most powerful factor which will transform our society in the next few decades is going to be the revolution in transportation. We are about to witness a great number of new ways of traveling, from self-driving cabs to autonomous flying drones and 30-minute rides from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a hyperloop.
The new technologies in transportation are going to have a major impact on the economy, jobs, and cities, making traveling faster and cheaper and making it possible to travel faster from a much longer distance.
Self-driving cars are already here. Tesla Autopilot was the first big test, and recently Volkswagen announced that they will be rolling new autonomous driving cars to their entire line of vehicles. These technological changes will have an impact on jobs while eliminating low-skill jobs and creating more engineering and software jobs. Moreover, self-driving cars are leaving us with more time to be productive during our commute.
Hyperloop is currently the biggest innovation in transportation. Hyperloops are pressurized tubes that will make traveling much faster and cheaper for people and freight. Hyperloop could connect major cities and spread to other popular routes such as undersea tunnels. This could have a great impact on hiring and real estate since it will make it possible for people to commute hundreds of miles each day.
Early Google and Facebook Employees are going to Lobby Against Tech Addiction
Last year in December, a former Facebook executive said that the company is “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” Facebook did not run away from the criticism and they wondered whether they “might be having a negative impact on society.” However, many of us can’t imagine our lives without Google and social media.
In 2018, a new alliance formed from the former Silicon Valley employees has gathered to challenge the technology they all collectively created.
The Center for Humane Technology is a group of former employees of Facebook, Google, and Mozilla. The nonprofit organization launched on February 4th, 2018 with a goal to raise awareness about the tolls of technology that we use every day, which they believe is inherently addictive. The group plans to lobby for a bill to research the effects of technology on children’s health.
Tristan Harris, a co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology and former Google employee said:
“All the tech companies profit the more attention they extract out of human vessels. They profit by drilling into our brains to pull the attention out of it, by using persuasion techniques to keep them hooked.”