“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here It’ll be better, better than before Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.”

The current revolution is just like previous revolutions where jobs were destroyed and new jobs were created. To survive in a world where people are living longer and working longer, a habit of lifelong learning will become an essential survival skill. We must become a Lifelong Learning Economy! The Internet has a role to play in this transformation. Where I might Google for answers, teens turn to YouTube to watch “how-to” videos. Not long ago, the hottest new educational gambit was the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Tens of thousands could sign up for a course, dramatically reducing the cost per person. Some universities inverted the usual classroom practice. Students participated in the MOOC from home and came to class to learn how to solve problems together. While this concept was once vastly overhyped, what has emerged is a self-paced, lower cost, effective curriculum. Georgia Tech has pioneered online computer science and engineering degrees at a fraction of the cost of in-residence learning. Here is a small sample of the member universities of the MOOC providers edX and Coursera… It is very important to recognize that the people whose jobs evaporate, because of AI or automation or invention in general, may not be prepared to do the newly created jobs unless they get retraining… again and again. We really need to build this notion of learning over the course of a career into our thinking. Longer working lives will demand that we learn to stay relevant. Come to think of it, living longer, period, demands that we learn new things. It’s a survival skill! This must become the norm in our society. “Don’t stop learning about tomorrow. Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.”

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