Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Educating for surreal environs #21stCHiEd

Lots of discussion can be found regarding the mission of postsecondary schools to train students to process information.  This quote, found in an AP story on the announcement of a guided bullet, paints a surreal picture of what our students will be doing – on the field of battle and in corporate realms:

Firestone and other experts said the battlefield of the future will surely include more capabilities for guiding bullets and bombs, but what will make the difference will be communication improvements and intelligence sharing systems that take advantage of the high-tech weapons while linking each soldier together.

Defense department researchers and contractors are already developing flying nano-bots that can stream live video, contact lenses that would allow soldiers to focus simultaneously on virtual digital images and their surroundings, and smartphone apps that help with tactical operations.

“Where we’re going is to a world where the individual soldier, Marine, sailor or airman lives in a bath of knowledge. The world would be surreal in the original sense of super real. When you look at something, you see what you need to see when you need to see it,” Firestone said. “They will have the ability to make decisions more accurately and that will have a significant impact.”

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