Originally published on November 6, 2011
I've been thinking about these sentient beings. Sentient beings that we'd be able to create by leveraging technology. But also, sentient beings that are able to replicate the essence of consciousness.
I recall this short story called “the fun they had“ written by Isaac Asimov. In this short story, Asimov envisions mechanical tutors and how the process of learning is completely mechanized.
Now, that short story was satire as it hypothesizes what children miss out on by not being in school. It's all about mechanical tutors and home schooling in that short story.
But in a future state, learning need not be like that. At the same time, making use of a sentient AI. Backed by a sentient network, big data and cloud. Something like that could truly customize and revolutionize learning as we know it.
An individualized, more engaging, enhanced form of learning in a social environment. Wouldn't that be something.