On May 13, approximately 1,000 scholars and experts came together at the Human Intelligence & Future Education Summit at ECNU, to brainstorm and find creative ideas on how to deal with the technological advancements in human intelligence and its effect on education.
The discussions mainly revolved around the impact that human intelligence has on the trend of future development for humanity, its effects in all kinds of trades and professions, and what influence it will inflict on education. One of the biggest problems proposed at the meeting was how the education industry should grapple with these unprecedented challenges and new opportunities, posed by human intelligence for the future.
Tong Shijun, the University Council chairman of ECNU, said as human intelligence penetrates deeper into human life, forming ties between human intelligence and education, technology advancements will certainly play a role for the future of mankind. He believed the summit will do its part to raise people’s awareness and deepen their understanding of this issue.
Zhu Yongxin, vice chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party Central Committee and Chinese Society of Education; and who initiated the piller educational reform, a new educational experiment on modern education, was present at the meeting and was one of the key spokesman. He stressed that in the future, learning will become more like a lifetime cause, that proposes challenges to education that must be resolved again and again.
“In an information society, each technological reform will undoubtedly propel education,” he said.
Lu Bai, a professor with the Medical School of Tsinghua University who set up “Clerisy”, a WeChat public-domain account about the issue, held that in the foreseeable future standardized work will be at the greatest risk of being replaced by robotic developments and automated machinery, which is in fact already happening. To thwart this trend, as a countermeasure, education needs to place more emphasis on tapping into children’s potential so that they can create and modify their own skills and interests in society.
Chu Junhao, a scholar of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and dean of School of Information Science Technology of ECNU, pointed out that mankind is in the middle of a transition - from the information age to intelligence age, which is outlined by the integration of human intelligence and features of the physical world. The Internet of things, cloud computing and big digital data all signify the means that human intelligence will employ to direct the future of humanity.