Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Joseph E. Aoun

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Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun

How to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover—filling needs that even the most sophisticated robot cannot.Driverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win Jeopardy, analyze stocks, work in factories, find parking spaces, advise oncologists. In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled functions, including interpreting medical images, doing legal research, and analyzing data, are within the skill sets of machines. How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing? In Robot-Proof, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover—to fill needs in society that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot.A “robot-proof” education, Aoun argues, is not concerned solely with topping up students' minds with high-octane facts. Rather, it calibrates them with a creative mindset and the mental elasticity to invent, discover, or create something valuable to society—a scientific proof, a hip-hop recording, a web comic, a cure for cancer. Aoun lays out the framework for a new discipline, humanics, which builds on our innate strengths and prepares students to compete in a labor market in which smart machines work alongside human professionals. The new literacies of Aoun's humanics are data literacy, technological literacy, and human literacy. Students will need data literacy to manage the flow of big data, and technological literacy to know how their machines work, but human literacy—the humanities, communication, and design—to function as a human being. Life-long learning opportunities will support their ability to adapt to change.The only certainty about the future is change. Higher education based on the new literacies of humanics can equip students for living and working through change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262037280
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/25/2017
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 80,935
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Joseph Aoun is President of Northeastern University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Fears of a Robotic Future 1

2 Views from the C-Suite: What Employers Want, in Their Own Words 23

3 A Learning Model for the Future 45

4 The Experiential Difference 77

5 Learning for Life 111

Afterword 141

Notes 151

Index 171

What People are Saying About This

Vartan Gregorian

In this original, timely, and provocative study, President Aoun challenges higher education to think differently about and prepare for the age of artificial intelligence. He appeals to universities to foster a generation of lifelong learners who can master robotics, not be mastered by it—a generation that will be prepared to meet the demands of a new economy and the revolutionized nature of the workplace.

Janet Napolitano

Joseph Aoun's book is a thought-provoking analysis of our technology-infused world and higher education's place in it. Far from fearing the dislocation caused by the increased use of robots and the development of AI, Aoun offers an optimistic, practical view of what higher education can do to prepare the next generation. Anyone interested in higher-education policy will greatly benefit from this cogent, persuasively written work.

Endorsement

Joseph Aoun's book is a thought-provoking analysis of our technology-infused world and higher education's place in it. Far from fearing the dislocation caused by the increased use of robots and the development of AI, Aoun offers an optimistic, practical view of what higher education can do to prepare the next generation. Anyone interested in higher-education policy will greatly benefit from this cogent, persuasively written work.

Janet Napolitano, President, University of California, and former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Wes Bush

Dr. Aoun is a leader in framing new educational models to enable student readiness for careers in our evolving economy. Our future as a nation depends on getting this right.

Jeffrey S. Bornstein

This book is an authoritative call for action and a compelling model for the next step in the evolution of higher education. Aoun offers an optimistic—and more important, realistic—vision of how we can educate ourselves for an AI economy.

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ANGIKP 9 months ago
Since last few years, the whole world is starkly stunned the way Artificial Intelligence is creating an impact on our daily aspects of life viz., driverless cars, solving climate change, Pepper companion, cyborgs to name a few. So, now this raises the brow of academicians’ on how to mold a student with a heterogeneous mix of skills to meet the AI development rate. Joseph E. Aoun’s book titled “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the age of Artificial Intelligence” is a real eye-opener. Aoun has developed a model majorly focusing on three integral pillars of literacies – human, data and technology! This model will serve as a tool for higher education institutes to formulate the framework and thereby result in developing students to think creatively with underlying technological understanding and henceforth generate data, analyze data and communicate the same to the society and in-turn evolve as an entrepreneur as well. And the key issue of bridging the gap between higher education institutes and the industries through intricately embedding it by a flexible curriculum was well addressed too. This book is a compelling read for policy makers in higher educational field to produce graduates for a fulfilling profession.