That type of questions I would like to ask my conversation opponent, but I could not fit it in our hour. If I had more time, I also would ask the same questions about “experts” who are usually hired to support the ideas of the influential “non-experts”. Speaking about experts, there is one question to which I never could get a clear answer: “How did it happen that $200,000,000 spent in Newark, NJ with the help of many experts on “improving education”, didn’t really lead to improvement in education of Newark children?” The fascinating story of Newark can be found in book “The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?” by Dale Russakoff (https://www.amazon.com/The-Prize-Charge-Americas-Schools-ebook/dp/B00AXS6BIE). A similar question I asked in my open letter to Mss. Laurene Powell Jobs, but, also, without an answer (http://www.teachology.xyz/xq.htm).
Although, I doubt that this particular company will invite me back again; my talking style is too "confrontational" (I am not trying to be "smart", but when I know I'm right I just say it: https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/04/polite.html; http://www.gomars.xyz/ppp.html; https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/; http://the3dforce.blogspot.com/2017/04/progressive.html). However, if for some people the tone of the conversation matters more than its substance, maybe those people should take a look in a mirror? (https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/04/polite.html).
And speaking again about how self-made tech millionaires see education - most probably, some of them just have not had a good teacher in their life (they may have had friends, advisers, professional role models, but not good teachers). That is why they do not know what a good teaching is, and how big is a difference between a teacher and a good teacher. And when a person has not met a good teacher, that person just cannot resonate with anything you would try to tell him or her about good teaching. It is like trying to describe the taste of chocolate to someone who has never tasted any sweets; or trying to describe hiking to a person who has never left a room.
In the minds of self-made millionaires, being self-made may equate with being self-taught, and lead to being self-sufficient, or even arrogant. Unfortunately, even the smartest people in the world can let their arrogance to blind them. One of the saddest cases of arrogance is the death of Steve Jobs. When he learned he had cancer he did not immediately take care of it using a traditional medical approach, even thought the cancer was treatable. But Steve so strongly believed in his own power that he refused to follow doctors' advice. When he finally gave up and turned to traditional medicine, it was too late. No doubt Steve Jobs was not just smart, he was a genius. And he knew it. But he took it too far.
1. You may be surprised by the fact that many professionals in AI field do not have a definition of AI!
2. The future of AI heavily depends on the progress in learning how to develop HI (Human Intelligence), a.k.a. teaching!
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
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