We have been discussing the future of work on the post 4th Industrial Revolution at collectivebrains.org. The ongoing widespread deployment of new technologies such as Automation, Machine Learning, AI and Robotics will bring a tremendous impact on the workplace through a potentially massive elimination of current jobs. 47% of American jobs are at risk, says a 2015 Oxford University study, and that tells us the importance to move fast on solutions to make people productive in new ways.
Many groups have been discussing the roles of education in this future context, and how new technologies will disrupt the classroom - as we all have experienced throughout our school years. It is clear that the traditional classroom environment, with the same model and layout from late 19th century ones, is exhausted and our 21st-century students will not perform as before in it. Adding to this future context, the overlay of our student and worker' lives will keep growing as the acceleration of new technologies in many industries are making obsolete the knowledge acquired rapidly. In some tech grad courses, knowledge gained in the first year will be outdated by the time students finish their fourth year - says the 2016 WEF report "The Future of Jobs." That means for most of the high education jobs continuous learning will be foundational for a productive life. Cycles of education and production will overlay, and we will spend way more hours learning than before. That continuous of education needs to be re-thought, re-developed and massively deployed.
The WEF report also shows that given the fast pace of key social and tech trends, 5 million office and administrative jobs will be eliminated in the short term, i.e. before 2020 ends. The impact of those trends after 2020 lacks debate. On one hand, it is clear that the world will adapt and create new classes of employment. On the other one, there is a high probability that the displacement of jobs at the beginning of the transformation will be faster than the job creation. That might bring a social and economic disarray.
Imagine the next day after you have been laid off, and remember, that is a very likely scenario to come through in the next years. You will fast engage on searching a new job. But reality will be that if you lost your job to a new computer intelligent system, many other workers with similar expertise would have too. And there will be just a few "jobs" left in your field. That means fierce competition for the few remaining ones. You will have to move fast on developing new productive skills and new competencies. I encourage you to read Mr. Meghdeep Jayakar article Disruption in Education. In the article Mr. Jayakar explains:
"The future organizational worker will require training around:
3. Emotional Intelligence
The new-age education must happen around the following key aspects:
1. Collaborative Learning
2. Shared Learning
3. Co-operative Learning
Areas like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will play a pivotal role in the modern digital education space giving unseen insights into how learning is happening and allowing academicians to adapt quickly to changes.
Platforms that enable this through a social experience will be more effective than traditional Learning Management Systems because Social Learning forces one to contribute and be an active consumer".
New solutions have to be found and developed to help people be productive again and deploying the new technologies will be fundamental to make them effective at the individual level.
With all that in mind, one of our first investments in this area was in a company called CLANED, emerged in the big Finnish tech and education scenes, where we took part in the second round of investments to help boost them internationally. CLANED is entirely connected with the new technologies such as AI and the need to transform the world of learning.
"Claned world of learning is designed to help individual learners wherever they are. CLANED contains real-time analytics and social learning capabilities. Our learning platform allows companies, educational institutions and individuals to elevate their learning results to new levels.
Claned is a cloud-based learning platform developed in close collaboration with end-users and educational experts. The Claned cloud service is instantly ready to use. We focus on solving the learning challenges faced by our customers:
• How to help learners study more efficiently?
• How to offer adaptive and collaborative learning materials efficiently?
• How to apply digital learning in an intuitive and easy way?
Our innovation is an unique combination of artificial intelligence and theories of education psychology. CLANED learns to understand how different students learn and what factors impact individual learning processes and study performance. Based on this comprehensive insight, CLANED recommends students learning materials, study buddies and mentors that best match their individual needs dynamically and in real time. The product concept is based on years of academic research and has been developed in collaboration with leading educational institutions.
Personalized learning has been a key educational trend at least for the last decade but the industry has failed to deliver solutions that offer personalized education materials as well as actual social interaction with peers and teachers. CLANED solves the core problem preventing personalized education by knowing which factors impact the learning of different individuals. CLANED can build and recommend students personalized learning paths that help them to optimize their study motivation and reach better and better learning results. According to several academic studies, social interactions trigger learning. Therefore, the social learning aspects have a key role in CLANED."
On Vesa Perälä, founder of CLANED, own words "Education is going digital and digitalization will transform it as it has already transformed many other industries. We believe that education has to be relevant to each learner and personalized to support individual needs. That will optimize study motivation, which leads to better learning outcomes".
Tuned with the digital revolution and new tech CLANED has been rapidly acquiring new customers globally and is helping to displace other traditional approaches to education.
A real solution that is helping preparing a new generation prepared for the digital revolution.
Please join us to discuss solutions to the future of work and the future of education at collectivebrains.org.