The future is super intelligent.
Nowadays, we are surrounded by TV news, publications, and conversations that suggest that the
world will be run by computers before we know it, and you can’t help but wonder what that means
for the future jobs and careers of students about to enroll in Year 1 - who will graduate from
university in the 2030s and have a working life that will continue until the 2070s. Artificial
intelligence is fast taking over from humans in its ability to retain knowledge and recall facts and
answers to any questions asked within a matter of seconds......just ask Siri.
Facts and knowledge often referred to as Academic Intelligence, plays a large part in the current
school curriculum and education of students, and a crucial one at that. But now, in addition to
academic intelligence, schools must develop and adapt their curriculum to ensure that students
graduate with a wealth of different skills on top of their academics. The future is not just AI, but a
combination of AI and HI… that being, a synergy of artificial intelligence and human intelligence
which will lead to a future of super intelligence.
As educators, we must evolve and ensure that the skills taught today are the ones needed for
tomorrow. In doing this, we need to add to our current knowledge-based curriculum, with an
intelligence-based curriculum. There are key areas that humans will always remain superior in, such
as emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creativity, strategy, and problem-solving, and these are
the skills and qualities that will stand our students apart in an increasingly automated world.
For budding engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, for example, building problem-solving skills,
critical thinking, and using their imagination is key to creating, developing, and exploring new
opportunities and ways of doing things. Or let us take emotional intelligence: technology is a long
way from recognising, never mind responding to human emotions appropriately, and as the saying
goes ‘people do business with people, so empathy, communication, instinct, and that gut feeling is
all going to play a crucial role in the jobs of the future, and something that school’s need to help
students embrace and develop.
Much of business and marketing is becoming automated, - you can set up a million emails to go
out at once, or send a tweet a minute if you like at the touch of a button, but someone still needs to
decide on whether these are the right actions and that’s where strategy comes into play and
understanding human reactions, combined with sound business acumen and decision making.
Recognising our own emotions, our capabilities, and our motivations also allows us to make
informed decisions, not only informed by data, but by our social knowledge, our emotional
knowledge, and by being creative and working in collaboration with others. All this together is what
is important in the careers of the future. Students must build a broad range of skills on top of their
academic success, and this is what will enable them to succeed in the future, as well as the ability to
work with artificial intelligence, to take advantage of a world of automation and knowledge and
bringing in skills that support and complement it.
At Oxbridge School, we want to prepare our students for their futures by taking a holistic approach
to education and ensuring that they leave us not only with strong academics but with the ability to
thrive and prosper in the new world of super intelligence.