Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think

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The robots are coming, and some of them are charming. That was my reaction on a recent visit to Singularity University, when I met two robots named Pris and Pepper. We freeze up when we hear statistics that project that by 2025, 50 percent of an undergraduate degree will become obsolete. It may be hard to imagine, but soon enough, major companies and organizations will soon house large networks of people but few employees.

What's That Liberal Art Degree Worth?

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Come join us for an evening of informal networking, panels with hiring companies, and some light bites. Fill out this form and we'll get your information in front of attending companies. In his book, Anders describes how software companies are increasingly creating a need for people with a “modicum of technical literacy,” people who can translate data, show a bigger picture result from snippets of information and basically get people on the same page. Sure, coding is cool.

Colleges are adding programs in a once-decimated industry — manufacturing

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million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled by 2025. But the strong economy, and the return of manufacturing operations to the United States as labor costs rise abroad , have led some companies to add jobs. million by 2025 — is contributing to that gap.

7 Days of Education Conference Fever Across the Pond

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23-26): the companies who supply the tools, and the educators who use them; The Education Show (Jan. One teacher described The Education Show as “a ghost town for companies who can’t afford Bett.” (A companies have always had a strong presence, and this year was no exception with Microsoft and Google having the largest stands.

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Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Probably my favorite “robots are the future of education” story in a good, long while. “ Alibaba’s Jack Ma , China ’s Richest Man, to Retire From Company He Co-Founded,” The New York Times reports. The textbook company has raised $6 million total. Also by Wan : “Companies Are Bought, Not Sold: M&A Advice From 3 Edtech CEOs Who Survived the Process.”

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The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

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The very next day, Apple shares hit $97.80, an all-time high for the company. By 2012 – yes, thanks to its hardware business – Apple’s stock had risen to the point that the company was worth a record-breaking $624 billion.

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Edsurge profiles the latest from Degreed : “This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.). And there’s more on how schools and companies violate athletes’ privacy in the data and privacy section below. Equifax CEO Richard Smith says he will resign from his position after news broke that the company had suffered a massive data breach.

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” More on the Afghan robotics team in the contest section below. Also via Edsurge : “How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur.” “Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson. for Robotics Contest.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Tutoring company Clark has raised $2.2 The learn-to-code company has raised $1.62

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– to the New York-based company Cyndx. Founded by former Pearson exec Larry Singer , the company will offer openly licensed resources to schools. The company has raised $7.45 “The New York City-based language company, founded in 2011, offers 10 language classes along with courses in interior design, mixing cocktails and French culture,” says Edsurge. On the horizon: makerspaces, online learning, robotics, VR, artificial intelligence, and wearables.

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