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“Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse

The skies were cloudy in Santiago this morning, but in the south of Chile, a rare sight occurred in the sky: a "ring of fire" solar eclipse. We watched it online. ūüôā †And even on our computer monitors it was breathtaking.

Here it is, seconds before the "ring of fire" eclipse was complete...

And here it is complete...

Here are those images again, lightened so it's easier to see the red.

Max Ventilla on modern education

I would argue that youíve had one big trick that humans figured out over the last 500 years. Before computers, it was fossil fuels.

But now weíre discovering how to pull free mental work out of the ground. Thatís going to be a huge trick over the next 50 years.

The idea that you can pull free physical work out of the ground, that was a really good trick, and it resulted in all of these exponential curves. But now weíre discovering how to pull free mental work out of the ground. [using Artificial Intelligence]

Thatís going to be an equivalent, huge trick over the next 50 years. Itís going to create that same kind of inflection point, and itís going to create even more opportunity and much more displacement.

I have a hard time understanding how the way that we best prepare the next generation for that future, is to have literally all of education policy, all of education decisions determined by folks that donít really have a foot in that world.

Iím not saying that all of the sudden, ďOh, itís about software.Ē The worst use of software in technology is in replacement of humans. This whole, ďOh, I give an iPad to a kid, and I walk away.Ē Thatís craziness. AR and VR, thatís not going to be it, either.

Itís about human beings. Itís about the relationship that kids have with their peers, with adults. Thatís what creates the motivation that creates the learning, but it seems odd to me that the purpose of school is to prepare kids for the future, and you donít have people in the mix thinking about education or education policy, who are very familiar with the future at all.

[In a typical school setting] you say, ďOK, well, I canít grade 20 different demonstrations of knowledge that come back from 20 different kids, so Iím going to standardize, Iím going to say, ĎThis is the way Iím going to test you, so that I can grade it quickly,íĒ youíre essentially training kids to think like computers. Thereís an irony ... youíre training humans to do the kind of thinking that computers are getting better and better and better at doing.

You have an education system that was created for a mass production era, and now weíre in a mass customization era. You have a traditional education system thatís all about turning generalist agrarian producers into specialized consumers of goods and information. Weíre entering an era where being a producer of knowledge, being a producer of goods, being a producer of jobs is the way to be successful. It is the way to be happy, and itís possible because you have these unbelievable platforms that have been created that elevate the individual through the combination of digital technology and society.

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