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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.