What Will It Mean to Be Human in the Age of Robots?

CMRubinWorld’s newest interview with Ling Lee, Co-Curator of Robots at the Science Museum in London, explores what it means to be human in the rapidly evolving world of robotics.

The newest exhibit at the Science Museum of London demonstrates the 500-year development of humanoid robots. In an interview with C. M. Rubin (Founder of CMRubinWorld and author of The Global Search for Education), Ling Lee explains what the newest tech advances mean for the future of education, the job market, and the self-perception of humankind.

While the future will see robots taking over most low-skilled jobs, Lee believes shifts in educational policies will enable humans to remain competitive. "Yes, some jobs will be given to humanoid robots" but "progress will march relentlessly on, so maybe a better question might be - what sort of education will you need to be employable in the future?"
Lee further explains that while cognitive robotics is rapidly evolving, changing the way our economy works is not necessarily a bad thing. "I think a more interesting question to ask is what jobs won't, or can't, humanoid robots take away, and what new jobs will emerge that we could never have dreamt of - human-robot relationship manger? ...If robots were productive enough that we no longer need to work and were instead paid a universal basic income, what job would you want?"
Lee believes humanoid robots will ultimately allow humans to re-define their goals as a society. "So who are you now, and who do you want to become, now that you've had a look into the mirror of Robots?"
Ling Lee is Co-Curator for the exhibition "Robots - The 500-Year Question to Make Machines Human." She is also the Contemporary Science Manager for Exhibitions at the Science Museum in London.

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today's top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 550 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.
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