Jarvis Meets The Matrix: No More College Degrees?
Imagine a personal digital assistant inside your brain that allows you to check your vitals, evaluate your cognitive functioning, and tell you where the nearest Starbucks is located. What’s more, instead of going to say, medical school, to learn your particular trade of interest, you can do the majority of your studying before you ever leave your house.
For example, instead of waiting years to begin training, you’ll simply upload the necessary medical journals and lectures necessary right to your brain perhaps a few moments before class. Then after a quick upload on cardiovascular medicine and surgical procedures you might then attend a virtual simulation to practice your newfound skills. You’ll then end the day having learned to perform heart surgery. Perhaps tomorrow you’ll decide how to master astrophysics or karate. This might all seem rather far-fetched, but with more and more mind-blowing technology at our fingertips, this reality may be in our future sooner than you think.
Ever since the Hollywood sensation, The Matrix, the idea of being able to upload information to the brain has enthralled and captivated many, including myself. However, never before did the idea seem plausible until now. Since Google has created the first ever brain chip that allows a search engine to essentially live and work inside your brain, I’m confident that the ability to acquire a new skill or master a particular subject in a few hours is only a ‘thought’ or two away. With the invention of the Google Chip, within seconds one not only has the capacity to determine the location of that Chinese restaurant you had been searching for, but also unearth that Historical dissertation you need in order to complete your term paper. Envision having access to millions of books, medical journals, scientific studies, and more all from inside your head. You can begin to see that with the escalation of this new technology a college education will seem like a rather trivial notion.
Now couple that with Chad Barraford’s creation of a personal digital assistant or rather the beginnings of a real life Jarvis from Iron Man. As a DIY inventor, Barraford has created his own personal Jarvis to recognize his speech commands, offer a daily alarm and weather report, and can even aid Chad in combatting migraines by dimming the lights, emailing his boss, and updating his Twitter and Facebook pages. Furthermore, through the use of RFID key chains for his dog and close friends, Chad’s personal Jarvis can even adjust his personal settings to accommodate for privacy when friends come to visit. For instance, when guests are in his home, Facebook and Twitter notifications are automatically set to silent mode and “Jarvis” will even remember to turn off the lights once everyone has left the house.
With technology continuing to expand at this exponential rate, traditional education will be radically transformed in the coming years. As more and more people have access to information not only with the click of their mouse but downloaded directly to their cerebral cortex, the need for vocational schools and graduate degrees will soon become archaic; the rise of the DIY inventor will surface. Moreover, with Google corporation pressing to be inside everyone’s brain and the DIY drive increasing, these new technologies will be here and available sooner than you think.
The potential for thousands of knowledgeable and capable DIY minds to unite from around the globe and solve world problems is just around the corner. Nonetheless, despite this monumental opportunity for a utopian society to be in our near future, for the average Joe, the simple prospect of one day eradicating student loans might be exciting enough.
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