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Kevin Jacobson

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What do you think is the biggest technological challenge the human race will face in the next 30 years?

I see a lot of things wrong with humanity and I just want another persons input.


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    Jul 5 2012: Overcoming ignorance. There can be no technology without education. There can be no real education without stimulating the imagination. In the most "literate" country in the world, the U.S., 51% of American adults can barely read, write and think well enough to add up a check and follow instructions. 96% of American adults have varying degrees of problem synthesizing information.(http://truth-2-power.com/2012/06/29/why-negative-political-attack-ads-work-5-in-10-americans-cant-read-8-in-10-cant-process/ ) As our machines get "smarter" ignorant people become increasingly leery of them, and politics which drive funding for advanced technology turn their back on it as the practice of the less-controllable "elites." Until we can find a way to harness technology to overcome ignorance, rather than entertain, amuse and distract us, there is a clash awaiting the technocrats with a population increasing fearful of what it brings to their limited world views.

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