Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled functions, including interpreting medical images, doing legal research, and analyzing data, are within the skill sets of machines. How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing? In Robot-Proof, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover¿to fill needs in society that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot. A "robot-proof¿ education, Aoun argues, is not concerned solely with topping up students' minds with high-octane facts. Aoun lays out the framework for a new discipline, humanics, which builds on our innate strengths and prepares students to compete in a labor market in which smart machines work alongside human professionals. The new literacies of Aoun's humanics are data literacy, technological literacy, and human literacy.
Joseph Aoun is President of Northeastern University.