Humanics: Adapting education to keep up with AI

Jan 29, 2019, 7:19 AM EST
(Source: Kevin Dooley/flickr)
(Source: Kevin Dooley/flickr)

Artificial intelligence has put workers across industries on tenterhooks, making them wonder about how they will compete with robots as automation encroaches on their workplaces in not more than 50 years from here.

The fears are justifiably grounded on statistics, such as a recent report by consultancy McKinsey that claims nearly 800 million workers could be displaced by robotic automation by 2030, notes the BBC.

As the threat of going obsolete looms on such a huge chunk of workforce, experts believe the challenge could be addressed by radically overhauling our education system with the introduction of Humanics – a field of study that lays equal emphasis on equipping students with technical prowess and ability to navigate and work with huge troves of data while simultaneously fostering skills exclusive to humans, including creativity, cultural agility, empathy and contextual understanding.

Joseph Aoun, president of North Eastern University in Boston in the United States, addressing a conference last year, said that Humanics should be the first step by universities towards making our workforce “robot-proof,” adding that the next stages involve providing experiential and lifelong learning, writes University World News.