I recently saw this excellent panel discussion on “the future” from the Milken Institute. There are number of interesting propositions here: the printing of human organs, exploring and mining asteroids, and expanding the boundaries of human capability.
Most applicable to education is a fascinating discussion on computers engaging in debate using the Watson technology. We have previously covered the Watson technology previously on this blog and the response of the Jeopardy contestants that were sounded beat by it.
The researchers discussing the participation of Watson in presenting arguments make an amazing claim: we are finding that the pathway of using these amazing technologies isn’t replacing human thought, but, complementing it to make decisions. This certainly applies to any tech-savvy teacher!