In 1997, reigning world-chess champion Garry Kasparov lost in a match against IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. “It is a depressing day for humankind in general,” noted The Guardian. Twenty years later, Kasparov hammered the point home, saying, “Unlike in the past, when machines replaced farm animals, manual labor, now they are coming after people with college degrees.” Right now, we are living through a major evolutionary transition. Developments in artificial intelligence and discoveries in genetics are presenting challenges that our species has never had to face before.How can we make sure that education and research keep pace in this rapidly evolving world? What role do humans play in a world of machines? How can we work with technology to develop both our individual abilities and our collective intelligence?
François Taddei makes a case for (r)evolution in knowledge. He takes us through the inner workings of the brain—our best friend and at times worst enemy when it comes to learning—and explores the best ways to start asking if not the right questions, then at least good questions. Taddei likewise calls on us to create learning societies in order to face the major transitions underway. He investigates ways we can learn with one another through cooperation, drawing on how living organisms have cooperated since life began. Close to home, this means creating learning communities and learning cities while on a global scale he calls for the advent of a learning planet.
Find here our reports on the research and development for life long education:
Un plan pour construire une société apprenante - À l'intelligence collective, la planète reconnaissante - Catherine Becchetti-Bizot, Guillaume Houzel, Gaëll Mainguy, Marie-Cécile Naves, François Taddei
Vers une société apprenante - Rapport sur la recherche et développement de l'éducation tout au long de la vie - Catherine Becchetti-Bizot, Guillaume Houzel, François Taddei
Former des constructeurs de savoirs collaboratifs et créatifs : un défi majeur pour l’éducation du 21ème siècle - François Taddei
Forming the next generation of European interdisciplinary scientists - Ariel B. Lindner, François Taddei
“Science Academie”: Raising Scientific Passions and Fostering a New Social Link - Livio Riboli-Sasco, Alice Richard, François Taddei