I recently read an article about a twelve-year old boy who scored higher than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking on the Mensa Test. Immediately, I thought of how many companies are already lining up to hire this bright young mind; possibly even before he ventures on to college.
I went on to think about the importance of knowledge and education as my own daughter recently departed for her freshman year of college. Fortunately, she graduated top of her high school and was accepted to some very select universities. After the sticker shock of paying her first semester’s tuition, I smiled realizing the bright future she will have. After all, a solid education and high intelligence is what the market has always sought, right?
But wait a minute…
As AI and cognitive computing continue to improve and expand, there will inevitably come an inflexion point, when the super smart machine will surpass our mere mortal intelligence. At this point in time, smart machines will be smarter than Einstein, Hawking, or that twelve year old prodigy.
Is it possible that intelligence and knowledge may soon be ubiquitous and hence commoditized?
Will this mean that human intelligence will be less valued, maybe even unnecessary since most of what we need will have been digitized and at our fingertips? If so, what will employers of the future be looking for?
And by the way can I get a refund on that first semester’s tuition?
Let me know your thoughts. All of you. Not just the smart ones.