Inspired by a young man, GE engineer Lyman Connor created an affordable bionic hand using only a 3D printer, his computer, and his technical skills. Watch his story here.
Watch this story, and keep this in mind as a reference whenever you hear anyone speak negatively or fearfully of technological unemployment. The most repeated argument I continue to hear against robots and artificial intelligence removing humans from the mundane and unnecessarily strenuous tasks perpetuated by a capitalistic society isn’t even an argument at all. It’s the ignorant and narrow-minded statement that “people would become lazy.”
There’s no “right” or “single” way to direct a civilization; however, clearly communicating the vital importance of science literacy through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math can and will set a civilization on course to explore multiple avenues of innovation.
Although there are those out there who wish to preach that “education is not the answer,” it most certainly is. No, we aren’t going to be able to flick on a switch whereby everyone is caught up on the past 400 years of scientific understanding about the world and our place within this universe, but we most certainly can promote these fields and the importance of science/technology as a means to solve the problems of the past and present so that as problems face us moving forward, a growing populous of scientifically literate inventors, creators, innovators, explorers will surmount those who clearly do not have the intellectual means to be making immediate and/or future decisions regarding the preservation and security of life on Earth and moving forward as a spacefaring civilization.
The world is changing with or without us, so let’s keep that out of our verbal lexicon. Instead, let’s work to change ourselves. Think of the possibilities…