30 years from now, everyone will know Kung-Fu

Mikey 11 comments
30 years from now, everyone will know Kung-Fu

According to Chris Parry, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council in the UK, 30 years from now children will be taught lessons by uploading them directly into the brain (not 'downloading' as incorrectly reported here).

"I think people will be able to directly access, Matrix-style, all the vocabulary you need for a foreign language, leaving you just to clear up the grammar."

I think, like everyone else who took a guess at when future technologies would arrive, he's probably a hundred years off the mark. But that doesn't make it any less exciting, just something you and I will never see in our life time.

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Wednesday 4th June 2008 | 07:31 PM


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Matthew H

Wednesday 4th June 2008 | 07:54 PM

I just wanted to say 30 years is optimistic, and I love your blog.

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Nate >.>

Wednesday 4th June 2008 | 08:11 PM

...in response to this comment by Matthew H. Yes, a tad optimistic.

How long ago were the boffins saying that by the millennium we would all have flying cars?

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Wednesday 4th June 2008 | 08:26 PM

Here's hoping they use a resuming downloading client... you'd hate for the download to get corrupted 1/2 way...

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Wednesday 4th June 2008 | 08:37 PM

Hang on, it can be called downloading can't it?? "The difference between uploading and downloading is downloading means to receive and uploading means to send" says Wikipedia. Maybe it depends which way you look at it.

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Wednesday 4th June 2008 | 09:50 PM

No way. The human brain is way too complex. Let me guess.... The complexity of the human brain is going to produce an "anomaly". Some lucky soul is going to be able to hack the computer with their brain and shut it down?


"there is no spoon"

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Thursday 5th June 2008 | 06:02 AM

...in response to this comment by Mark. My assumption is the data would be fed to the brain (uploaded) as the human brain isn't evolved enough to grab the data for itself (download).

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Thursday 5th June 2008 | 06:18 AM

I can just picture Morpheus in the classroom offering kids a choice...

"You take the blue pill and you continue as if nothing happened.
You take the red pill and you won't eve have to do homework again"

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Thursday 5th June 2008 | 07:22 AM

Such things I supose are possible. When you think about it, I supose the hard part is finding a the transfer mechanism. Currently there are radio waves, sound waves, uv rays, micro waves etc all floating around in the atmosphere. All of those waves are absorbed by us in one way or another currently.

Looks cool, though as someone who is only one belt away from black now, after spending several years training in my martial art of choice, it would suck when just anyone could become an instand black belt.

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Thursday 5th June 2008 | 09:57 PM

...in response to this comment by Jake. I don't think you have to worry. Even if they found a way to present the information prefectly, we all know using it is an entirely different learning experience. Learning through experience will never be replaced by "uploading". Its just not how our brains works.

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Henk V

Sunday 14th November 2010 | 11:40 AM
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...in response to this comment by Nate >.>. no I was a kid when folk were saying that.. Folk just naturally assumed things like the bible, the jestons and the flintstones were real.

Even as a kid you realised that a flying car is an aeroplane or a car going over a cliff or a helo.

for it to fly it needs wings. Even with the minimal aerodynamic surfaces our top flight fighters have, they still have wings.

magazines for boys such as "pep" used to feature variable vehicles in the 60's. You undo the wings.

Folk never understood the gravity of the situation..

PS flying "give way" or Yield signs are a tad pricey and a rear ender is death.

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