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Man versus Machine – The Creative Sector

January 1st, 2013
Aging, The Future

In http://boingboing.net/2013/01/01/robots-are-taking-your-job-and.html, the Cory Doctorow referenced author Kevin Kelly in Wired, refers to the evolution of machines taking over laborious tasks and he even states – “Robots create jobs that we did not even know we wanted done.” To put this into perspective, the robots are not ‘creating’, it is humans that are creative. And it is this Creative Sector of humanity that will move us through the next millennium. In sector D of the chart to the left the only jobs for humans will be those that are creative as all other sectors of the chart will be filled by machines.
Creative jobs are the jobs of the future intelligent society. Education spreads to developing nations. There is an importance put on the best schools (McLean’s Canadian University list) and the highest results (EQAO in Ontario, Canada). This foundation will be the premise for growth of technical understanding. But the stand-outs will be those who can use technology in a creative way. Referring to the article above, the people of the 1800’s never imagined the need to “remove a tumor in our gut through our navel, or make a talking-picture video of our wedding”. What is in our future that we could never contemplate today? The Creative Sector will cause needs to evolve.
Back to education… While our children learn their ABC’s and numerals, so too should we infuse the arts and sports. It is through the arts and sports that we can let our minds wander from the government approved structure of the basics. Currently in Ontario, a long hanging labour strike precludes after-school and extracurricular activities. The arts and sports that are being sidelined are as much the fundamentals of learning as those curricula prescribed by the government. Indeed, abilities in the arts and athletics will provide future job-seekers with an advantage for future employment. So that strike is precluding the evolution of learning and delaying future opportunities.
Specialty arts and sports schools are overwhelmed with applications for entry. I recently wrote references for two potential students to the Bruce Carruthers High School, Markham, Ontario specializing in sports. Only 20% of the applicants will be accepted. But why should sports, and the complementary arts schools, be isolated and made into elite institutions? At sports schools, by rote, we learn about our bodies and the needs for them. We learn our human physical limitations. By so knowing, we will discover how those needs can be enhanced. Perhaps the enhancement will be biological or technological, but discovery comes from pushing our limits.
Similarly, the arts schools push the metaphorical limits of acting or music or art or dance. These artistic media are the languages of creativity, explaining how our intellectual self has no limitations and how our minds require exercise to improve to more full potential than we have been allowed in the past. The arts schools liberate students from the norms of the past and allow them to test new ways of thinking.
Combine arts with science and our future will become something we never today imagined.
Leave out sports and arts and our future will dullen creativity, leaving humanity with more of today’s sameness.

Seniors Segregation

February 6th, 2012

Gerontologist Karl Pillemer was on CBC’s Tapestry yesterday. His perspective on aging caught my attention. Ours is the first generation to be segregated from society so distinctly. In the past, the over-60′s were called elders and were resources to the coming generations. Today, we provide them with accommodations remote from the family, set amongst others of like age. This intergenerational exchange is a valuable tool missing from life.

On This Day

January 18th, 2012

There comes a time in one man’s life when major change is imminent. 2011 was one year. 2012 will be a year of creative change starting today, a notorious day that everyone has once a year. My day started slow and evolved into an eruption of generosity, support and good will. The things that inspire.
In 2012, the Mayan calendar will be incorrect. This year will be one of exceeding beauty, creativity and growth of all those things of which we dreamed.

Lea Vivot's latest work

I wish to share those with you all in 2012. Let us look for and take advantage of opportunity, respect for each other and team work.

Aging and Death

December 19th, 2011

It is with sadness that we announce that Marion E. Inglis passed away on December 18, 2011, age 89. Mom experienced a life full of family (four children) and love of reading. She sacrificed a desire to study genetics to raise the kids. Yet, she still managed to volunteer for Big Sisters, IODE and extend a loving hand to those in need.  “The older you get, the more you get like yourself”, she would say. This was indeed the case, as Mom nurtured those in wheelchairs and walkers as she was the most mobile on the nursing home floor during her last few months.

But diabetes and Alzheimers robbed her of her last five years. This is a call to all to help avoid diabetes through diet and regular exercise. An apparent link has been made between the two diseases. The loss of memory is most debillitating. We watched as Mom became frustrated by not recalling recent activities. All she was left with was a most pleasant past.