Recognising this, many educational institutions are now adding AI to their syllabuses. Harvard Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and INSEAD in France are just some of the schools that have added MBA courses on the subject.
Although these courses are a step in the right direction, they are still elitist in nature. Not all of us can attend prestigious schools like these or fully understand the content of the courses they offer. There is a need for more grassroots educational initiatives and participation, especially among digital-first children, some of whom have a deeper understanding of technology than their parents, and who will be most affected by the changes driven by the rise of AI.
In addition to the need to develop a deeper understanding of AI, it is imperative that we learn to appreciate and understand the human qualities that set us apart from the machines (at least for the foreseeable future). Emotional intelligence (EI) skills should be taught in all schools, alongside AI skills. This will ensure that humans are able to differentiate themselves from machines, and safeguard against a future in which we have allowed humanity to destroy itself. Combining empathy and technology will enable humanity to more readily tackle political, societal and environmental challenges in the future.
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