Nugget #3: AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT

By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of finding solutions to problems that before seemed insoluble. And by “complex situations” we include the professional problems of diplomats, executives, social scientists, life scientists, physical scientists, attorneys, designers–whether the problem situation exists for twenty minutes or twenty years. We do not speak of isolated clever tricks that help in particular situations. We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, intangibles, and the human “feel for a situation” usefully co-exist with powerful concepts, streamlined terminology and notation, sophisticated methods, and high-powered electronic aids.”

I believe in order for a whole human population to increases their complex problem solving skills and their understanding of how to derive the best possible solution; a society must focus on teaching those necessary skills at a young age. The way our public school system is run, from kindergarten all the way to 12th grade, shows us that we start teaching children to solve complex problems in a much later age in America. Looking at countries in Asia, they are taught higher level of math, linguistics, and the use of technology at a early age, which gives them more time and practice to work on complex problems.

With the increase of how technology is affecting out current world and the future, we need to teach younger kids, not only how to use computers, but how to program them and use it to help us solve tough problems. By the time they graduate high school, they will have the knowledge as a third or fourth year college student. In order to do this though, we must either replace some classes that is being taught in our schools that are simply not as important, make school hours longer, or teach kids these real world complex problems in a way were it’s interesting and maybe give them an incentive of doing so, in their free time.

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The grey matter in our brains expand and grow the most when we are in our adolescences; instead of filling it with junk or less important information, we must teach them how to solve complex problems and apply critical thinking into their everyday lives. This will make them smarter, and will be able to do well in their careers, and help the future grow much faster than we can imagine. Our future is only bright as the new generations, so we must invest their future and the future of our species.

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