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Students wondering how they can be future-ready

Intelligent Machines are gradually transitioning from human-assist systems to systems-as-humans, revealing glimpses of a long-envisioned future in science fiction. The currently indispensable are on the verge of obsolescence. The question in the minds of students entering college is this: How to be future-ready?

Learn to swim quickly in these rapidly changing times.

  • Work on the outskirts of disciplines: One must now not only be competent in a major area, but also be able to learn new topics quickly and deeply, as well as work at the boundaries of disciplines while constantly innovating.
  • The new oil is skills: Not only are grades used to assess capability, but so are skills demonstrated in complex situations.
  • In these rapidly changing times, value will also be measured in relation to Artificial Intelligence. Critical and creative thinking, effective communication, IQ-EQ balance, and ethics will all be essential skills for navigating these rapidly changing times.
  • Change is already in the air: students and institutions are adapting, the former much more quickly, to assimilate advances and prepare for the future.
  • Colleges must allow students to take flexible paths: Dual degrees, minors, and cross-disciplinary specialisations are available at their home institutions, as well as certifications from international venues. Internships in industry, academia, research institutions, and start-ups contribute to a candidate’s capability repertoire.

What is required to get ready to enter the world?

Move over disciplines

  • A mix of core and transdisciplinary professional skills: To be prepared for the future, one must constantly sharpen one’s cutting edge by learning new things quickly and thoroughly. This attitude must be instilled at this stage.
  • Average performance combined with limited knowledge is a recipe for disaster: It is also necessary to show personal excellence in a few key areas. It is critical to complete tasks correctly.

Learn to add value to machine intelligence

  • Effectively grasp and apply automation: Automation is not only relieving us of mundane tasks, but it is gradually and steadily encroaching on tasks meant for so-called intelligent humans and doing them better. Rather than being afraid, one should grasp and use it effectively.
  • Learn from open sources, for example: Many students are creating incredible smart systems with open-source platforms and off-the-shelf components, with the goal of taking on giants.
  • Utilizing Artificial Intelligence Consciously: The mantra here is to learn how to add value to machine intelligence in order to solve complex problems more effectively. This requires understanding how it works, what its current limitations and pitfalls are, developing deeper insights, and innovating. Artificial intelligence can be dangerous if used carelessly.

Learn to collaborate

  • Ability to work both alone and in groups: The next skill to master is the ability to work both alone and in groups to creatively ideate, lead, and collaborate towards success. People who work alone frequently find it difficult to work in a team, and vice versa. Both abilities are now required.
  • Sprinting requires an entrepreneurial spirit: It takes a unique combination of steadiness and speed, constant ideation and tenacious persistence. Such an entrepreneurial spirit of steadily sprinting a long-distance race, sometimes in a team, sometimes alone, will be required at all stages of a career, whether at the pinnacle of success or in the trenches of failure.

Maintain your humanity

  • Balance of intellect and emotion: Technology has an interesting way of transforming humans into automatons without the victim’s knowledge. People begin to think and behave in the same way that machines do after extensive use. As a result, one critical aspect to cultivate is the ability to remain human.
  • Learn to replenish the mind and body on a regular basis: It is critical to nourish a soulful side through sports, arts, culture, philosophy, and humanitarian work, not just as part of a curriculum, but as a passion in which one can be blissfully immersed for some time, forgetting everything else.

@the end

In today’s rapidly changing world, the key to success is to be future-ready by developing a distinct set of skills that distinguishes us from machines. Colleges and universities must provide flexible pathways for students to combine core and transdisciplinary professional competence, complete tasks well, and develop personal excellence in relevant areas. We can be confident in our ability to thrive in an increasingly automated and technology-driven world if we embrace these ideas and stay ahead of the curve.

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