This ‘Did You Know?’ video really gets me thinking every time I watch it. And every time I watch it, something catches my eye and causes me to stop and reflect about how the stat applies to my own life. I didn’t realize that we are preparing kids for jobs that don’t yet exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t know are problems yet. But when thinking back to when I was young, there wasn’t any experts running information sessions on how to use Google effectively. And speaking of Google, I was shocked to find out that there are 31 billion searches on Google every month. That’s crazy!
And then there is the fact that that number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the total population of the planet. This isn’t as hard to believe as I thought because I roughly send 30 – 40 texts alone and that will be nothing compared to some people.
What about that the amount of new technical information is doubling every year. For students starting a four year technical degree, this means that the first half of what they learned in their first yer of study will be outdated by their third year of study. Does this mean that by the time I start teaching next year, I will need a new computer and an overhead projector will be becoming extinct.
The fact that by 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain makes me a little nervous. Will a computer take over the entire world and run the show just like in the movies?
So what does this all mean?