“Did You Know” was a short film put together full of facts concerning technology, population, the market, and many bits and pieces of things people are not aware of; and if are aware possibly scared to acknowledge. The growth in population numbers and technology has an affect on our market and the way we interact.
The film pointed out that “The 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the U.S.” This is basically saying that “India has more honors’ kids than America has kids.” Being an American this is eye-opening when looking at our education programs. It also mentioned that “China will soon be the number one English speaking country in the world.” When an American see’s this statistical fact, not only is it intimidating but sad. To think that another country will speak one of their second languages better than for instance America, in which English is our first language brings question to what is China doing that is better than America.
Jobs are becoming scarce everyday and technology keeps improving itself. “The U.S. Dept of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38,
1 in 4 employers have been with their current employer for less than a year, and 1 in 2 has been there for less than 5 years.” Stability is a huge issue when we look at the statistics. As technology grows rapidly people are losing even more jobs. “The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.” The biggest statement from the film that caught my attention was the following. “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet; using technologies that haven’t been invented, to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” As a college student this does not encourage the path we have been told to choose. The advisors in student’s lives tell them to be what they want to be, or do what they want to do. According to this video most college students will not get the choice. The fact may be that we will be thrown into doing a job that we never thought would have ever existed.
As for technology, it is incredible how fast it is improving and also how fast humans are adapting to the new changes. Not long ago, hardly anyone knew what a text message was, now “the total number of text messages sent and received are more than the total population of the planet.” People are becoming smarter with time, but it seems that technology is passing us by. “By 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds computational capabilities of the human brain.”
Stunned is the only word I can use to describe how I felt during and after this film. My understanding of the topic is clear but at the same time, overwhelmed. It is frightening to think that other countries may pass America by with their population, brains, and technology. I knew that computers could do a lot, and work in our benefit, but to think that they may overtake humans is pretty incredible. It makes you wonder if there will be a need at all for a “hands on human” in the future or if the world will just turn to robots.
My questions left for discussion are, in our lifetime we are advancing so rapidly it makes one wonder what they might come up with next. It also brings the question to mind of when will we stop? People are obviously not afraid to try new advancements so it will be interesting to see what a country won’t do.
The short clip on YouTube.com