Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age:

Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age:



In January 2016, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Professor Klaus Schwab drew attention to the arrival of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Davos this January seems to have significantly influenced the Niti Aayog to wake up from its 2 year slumber to announce a mission on AI, Machine Learning ,Blockchains, Big Data, 3D printing, Internet of Things.
This is a good sign.

This movement is inspired by Margaret Mead’s exhortation  “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has ” and further supported by the Nobel Prize winning work of Elinor Ostrom, negating the axiomatic ‘ tragedy of the commons’ of Garrett Hardin to demonstrate convincingly that common resources can be successfully managed without government regulation or privatisation.

Building on these principles and using the model of ‘heutagogy’ for lifelong learning, we have designed and are offering a program for School leavers to be ready for the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. “AI is the new electricity “ says Andrew NG .

In the immediate foreseeable future these technologies will continue to improve and will reach human levels. In about 10 years Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be able to communicate with humans in unstructured English using text or voice, navigate in an unprepared environment and will have some rudimentary common sense. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will create the best opportunities in the coming years.

The program is designed such that it can be pursued concurrently during the last 2 years of the School , with the benefit that no matter what field of work a learner chooses, the person would be well equipped to deal with the transformations that AI brings to that domain.

The program can be delivered in several formats: A set of 50 learning weekends delivered on mobiles through Whatsapp in an a-synchronous mode. Or a set of 50 synchronous remotely delivered sessions through Skype, Zoom or other preferred tool. Or any variant that is feasible and needed by the learning cohort.

21st Century Lifeskills:

1: Time Management and Overcoming Procrastination

2: Complex Problem Solving

3: Mathematical Modelling

4: Computational Thinking

5: Critical Thinking

6: Creativity

7: Emotional Intelligence

8: Active Listening

9: Conversational Intelligence

10: People Management

11: Coordinating with others

12: Judgement and Decision making

13: Service Orientation

14: Negotiation 

15: Cognitive Flexibility

16: Reading with comprehension

17: Imagineering

18: Questioneering

19: Grit

19: Ethics

20: Empathy

21: Learning How to Learn?

22:   Learning with Apps and MOOCs

23: Visualisation

24: Story Telling

25: Leading a life of Meaning and purpose

Awareness of emerging Technologies :

1: A survey of emerging Technologies 

2: Tipping points for various Technologies 

3: Artificial Intelligence

4: Machine Learning

5: Deep Learning

6: Machine Learning Algorithms 

7: Artificial Neural Networks

8: AI and Robots

9: Drones

10: Swarm Robotics

11: Augmented Reality

12: Virtual Reality

13: Big Data

14: Blockchain

15: Internet of Things

16: Digital Manufacturing : 3D Printing

17: Affective Computing

18: Crypto-currency

19: Nano-Technology

20: The Genes, DNA and its importance

21: Genetic Engineering

22: Cancer: the emperor of all maladies

23: Immunotherapy

24: Telomeres: The cause of aging

25: Quantum Computing