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Igor Iankovskyi: "Why the demand on humanity scholars will grow"

At some moment, the value of technicians will diminish significantly while the humanities will help to answer the “ungooglable” questions.

For the last five years, Ukraine is situated in the middle of the Global Innovations Index. Mostly due to high performance of the “human capital” criteria. We have a huge potential – Ukrainian scientists and innovators are demanded all-around the world, while having so few possibilities for self-fulfillment at home.

When we talk about the education level of Ukrainians, we typically mean their achievements in technology or nature sciences. Unsurprisingly, as success in physics, mathematics, biology or informatics is being easier converted into some real products. That’s why we react a lot faster on the achievements of Ukrainian technicians, as to something to “feel by the own hands” in the future. For example, the news on the winning the European Math Olympics for girls by our team has spread by thousand reposts.

Despite the regular causes for rejoicing by our technicians, the achievements of our humanities scholars are much more modest. While humanitarians are greatly over numbering the technicians. It could be explained by post-soviet educational traditions, unfamiliarity with foreign languages, poverty. Explained, but not accepted. We should address the problems in humanities education starting now.

Creation of a powerful basis for future Ukrainian humanitarians will help them to be more demanded at the global employment market.

The main reason for this is artificial intelligence. According to the technological singularity theory, at some moment the AI’s capabilities will exceed the speed of human’s brain processes. After this point the machines could themselves without our part. So, at some moment, the value of technicians will diminish significantly. Intellectual curiosity and smartness will not go anywhere, but it will be much harder to concur with robots and AIs in technological processes.

However, there will still be the fields out of reach of AI, which always would be the human’s prerogative. And the first violin in those fields will be played by humanitarians. This includes a whole range of tasks out of binary code logic or mathematic equitation – the so-called “emotional intellect”, whose possibilities are out of the most advanced microprocessors. Law, psychology, creative industries and communications will always be dominated by humans.

A billionaire Mark Cuban is sure, that in 10 years the demand for humanitarians will outweigh the one for programmers or even engineers. He is revised by the president of Ireland Michael Higgis. He regards philosophy as a base for the education of the future. The humanities will help to answer the “ungooglable” questions.

The developed countries understand these trends and begin to reorganize. Particularly, the British parliament is recommending to executive to abandon the education of outdated disciplines in schools and universities, in order to avoid the formation of the “useless class”. Such appeals are voiced in other countries.

That is why along with popular IT and robotics directions we should also develop the social innovations in Ukraine. Creation of a powerful basis for future Ukrainian humanitarians will help them to be more demanded at the global employment market not only in the nearest future, but in 100 or 200 years as well.

The future is already here. Let’s not neglect our opportunity to become more competitive and powerful in the new digital world.

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