The future world will be ruled not intelligent machines and cyborgs… wise

When we think of wisdom come to mind the ancient philosophers, mystics or spiritual leaders. Wisdom is somehow associated with the past. However, some thought leaders suggest us to reconsider the wisdom in the context of technological development for the future. With the development of exponential technologies like virtual reality, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics, people have access to more powerful tools. These tools are neither bad nor good in themselves; only human values and decisions affect their application.

Discussing the future, we often pay more attention to technological progress, rather than the intellectual and moral achievements. In fact, virtuous ideas of the people of the future will be more powerful than their technology tools.

Tom Lombardo and ray Todd Blackwood to adhere to that point of view. In his interdisciplinary work, “Teaching the wisdom of a cyborg future,” they suggested a new definition of wisdom, which would be more appropriate in the context of the future of man.

We are already cyborgs

The main purpose of article Lombardo and Blackwood, to explore the revolutionary educational models that will prepare people (who also will soon become cyborgs) to the future. The idea of education of such “cyborg” might seem absolutely fantastic and incomprehensible. But look around: there are cyborgs for a long time.

TechnoProfi such as Jason Silva, note that our technical devices represent the abstract forms of brain-computer interfaces. We use smartphones to store and retrieve information, the implementation of computing and communication with each other. Our devices will continue our mind, expand your consciousness and add to it.

According to the theory of the extended mind, philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers, we use these technologies to expand the boundaries of our mind. We use tools like machine learning to improve its own cognitive skills, or powerful telescopes to improve our visual coverage. Gradually, these technologies become part of our exoskeletons, removing our biological limitations.

In other words, you are already a cyborg. You they have become.

This abstract definition of cyborg at the same time and suits us and makes us think. But it will not be abstract too long. Over the last couple of years we have seen very significant improvements in the field of hardware and software of brain-computer interfaces. Experts are designing more and more complex electrodes, programming more high-quality algorithms to interpret the neural signals. Scientists have already successfully helped paralyzed patients to print the power of thought, and even allowed people to communicate via brain waves. Futurists like ray Kurzweil believe that by 2030 we will connect neurocortex our brain to the cloud with the help of nanobots.

Given these trends, people are becoming more and more will become like cyborgs. School of the future will not necessarily teach people, but rather a new kind: hybrid of man and machine.

If you take the abstract or the literal definition of a cyborg, we need to completely rethink our educational model. Even if you do not agree with a scenario in which people integrate powerful brain-computer interfaces directly with the brain, in order that the present generation is able to cope with the challenges of the 21st century, it needs a new education based on wisdom.

Our modern educational models, which rely on isolated subjects, standardized assessment and knowledge of content was created for the industrial era with the aim of creating mass efficient factory workers, not to empower critical thinkers, innovators or wise cyborgs.

Currently, the purpose of higher education is to provide students with that degree they need in society, and supposedly to prepare them as a workforce. On the contrary, according to Lombardo and Blackwood, wisdom should be the main goal of higher education. But how are we to achieve this? Lombardo has developed a comprehensive two-year program of fundamental education for future students who will be put in front of it is the development of wisdom.

That looks like such an educational model? Lombardo and Blackwood break wisdom on individual traits and abilities, each of which can evolve and be measured independently or in combination with other. The authors cover a broad list of characteristics that can influence our decisions about global challenges and the approach of a wonderful future. Among them: large-scale thinking, curiosity, amazement, empathy, self-improvement, love of learning, optimism and courage.

As the authors state, “given the complex and transforming nature of the world in which we live, the acquisition of wisdom provides a holistic, insightful and ethically sound basis for understanding the world, identify its critical problems and positive opportunities and constructive solutions to their problems”.

In the end, many of the problems that we face in the everyday world are reduced to outdated ways of thinking, whether it’s regressive thinking, the superficial system of values or self-centeredness. Wisdom will protect our society from debilitating disputes; imagine a world in which wisdom is disseminated to all members of society, including its leaders.

The wise cyborg

Lombardo and Blackwood invite us to imagine how their lives would live out the wise cyborg of the future. What happens if a potent man-machine hybrids of tomorrow will also be driven by purpose, compassion, ethics?

They will perceive this emerging digital world through the prism of wonder, awe and curiosity. They will use digital information as a tool for problem solving and the source of limitless knowledge. They will use the immersive environment like virtual reality to enhance creative expression and experimentation. They will continue to adapt and thrive in an unpredictable world of rapid change.

Our media often paint a bleak picture of the future for our species. But it is necessary to consider another, more positive and a very real scenario in which instead of cars the world is ruled by wise cyborgs.

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