Category: Thinkers

I love robots but afraid of people

Fear of robots taking over humans with the latest the world’s first AI news anchor in China, not human or human alike which could work 24 hours a day does the task as a professional news anchor. Concerns over such inventions and loss of jobs is something is as old as the hill. Let us go back in 1920s, the source of information was mostly relied on newspaper and radio partial took the space and by mid 1960 Television. Why aren’t people afraid of Radio and TV, then? I believe they were afraid down through history. Radio and TV must be seen as extension not humans themselves. Such inventions in the past, in the present and in the future, must be seen as part not odd men out! The AI news anchor is a non-humanoid which repeats the tasks when fed with information. It is inhuman, isn’t it? Does it not tell us that it’s the inventions by humans? Yes, I believe it represents humans.

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The thought of loss of jobs or questioning the inventions is like going back to a century. Even if one has to argue on humans being replaced by robots then one should stop using vehicles like cars as buses and trains services are at threat. Why one need to inject or be fearful of robots? Why not to create companionship? Like the way, we are with mobiles and laptops. Such inventions can help bridge the gap between urban and rural. Such inventions can act as a tool to bring equity in several areas like education, entertainment and so on. I believe in all aspects. It will be a great discovery and joy in such experimentation.

Arguments of robots replacing humans makes me afraid of people. People can remain humans by appreciating the differences through usage of invention such as films, books, robots by creating a social interaction. If people do not celebrate the way of life through such beautiful inventions then celebration seems regressive. For example, discrimination based on religion, caste, color, hatredness and so on. It is like going back to a century or staying in a belief of humans as are as old as the hills.

But what about robots or fascinating inventions? Oh! I admire, thank the great minds on such inventions. We need great minds Steve Jobs or Elon Musk to teach and reach the humans. Now, I hope your minds have started to speak! If yes, I love robots and people!

In Thoughts – Thank you note

Dear Organiser, 

The beautiful moment of the event that I hold now and in future is the culmination of an unexpected but wholly enjoyable several years journey through the training and development activities for students and teachers. Its an immensely gratifying journey, thanks to the overwhelming positive reaction and constructive criticism that fling me from one emotion to the next.

The highlights of the events are endless, but let me pluck a handful that deserves attention. I can think of no better way to unlearn and relearn through the often candid moments of the event. This is continued to be achieved by associating with progressive minds who are respectful of the event and works to their fullest potential. The end result that leaves each one asking for more. My only hope is that the message will make into their lives and be passed to nearest and dearest. May be, just may be, it will inspire at least a few people to put their minds in collaboration for a better world.

Yours in thoughts,

Santa Santosh Avvannavar 

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Only One Teacher

For children, there are no specialised teachers. They see each teacher as a teacher. It’s important for teachers to come together keeping their specialisation set aside to collaborate and facilitate learning according to individual’s learning styles. 

This demands teacher bringing aspects of all subjects in their course. The identity of a teacher lies in creating an identity of individuals. 

 

Want Your Child to be a Greatest Thinker: Allow to play more

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Deens Academy Children building a robot 

A plain playground seems attractive over hundreds of man-hours beautifully chiseled and crafted classroom for a child. Imagine if classrooms were like playground, the learning would be at its highest. This might not be attractive to educators and parents because of constant pressure of academic readiness. This ‘attractiveness’ isn’t supported by volumes of research, play is vital for scientific inquiry and conceptual thinking. Play is fun and voluntary. It is likely to have repetition and variation like a function of remote control car robot which could do four functions like forward, backward, right and left. However, the play might seem random and little variation on the usage of speed or switching the direction. In the play child is likely to use causal reasoning the moment car dashes or hits a dead end (like wall). The cause and effect relationships could evoke children at the early age if introduced to play.

Stuart Brown in his TED talk ‘Play is more than just fun’, highlights that play exists because of curiosity and exploration. He presents examples on different kinds of play that exists like ‘rough and tumble play’, ‘spectator play’, ‘Imaginative play’ etc to say that human beings are involved in some form of play.

Each kind of play helps the child to build, tinker, use imagination, and safe exploration & experimentation. All these will help in learning STEM. Pretend play, one could correlate to evolution to programming languages. The logical reasoning answers ‘if’, ‘else’ questions. The codes or logical writing resembles to the fictional scenarios about possible outcomes.

In an observatory class, children were excited on receiving building box to build a Remote-Control Car. The curiosity of building was short-lived once the structure came up. Introduction to electronic components and programming to control the project accelerated the excitement. The plug-play-integrate-innovate concept might seem to go well in children play. In the end of building a group project children had to make a presentation using one of the play form such as pretended play, explanatory play and guided play. Each form of play is expected to help in their attention to information. Each play helped in newer ideas to prototype.

Often educators find difficult to teach because they use direct instruction and free play is combined, often a guided play might be more effective tool. To justify, during the introductory classes of Robotics children of age 5.5 and above were introduced to building box components. Guided play, with more emphasis on free play and less on instruction play. During such play, children named them recognizing the shape like hole-pillar because it consists of hole and looks like a pillar. It is due to conceptual learning. While some children observed number of holes in the pillar, named it as 5-hole pillar. It is due to conceptual learning and spatial languages. The latter case is combined form of guided play.

If the explanations were found inconsistent or project fails, show an example and ask children to develop a new idea or test hypothesis. This testing will introduce to newer skills required for STEM. In another observatory class a group had designed a Vertical Remote-Control Car. The arguments from the group on the design could raise eyebrows of policy makers and future car manufacturers. They want to devise a car that will have people seated in vertical position (a feeling during take-off of flight) except the driver. This car one way acts as a two-wheeler to overcome in the parking issues and congestion. The design seemed a bit off because the car lacked the sturdy base to hold from buckling and placing of mother board (heart of robot). Such ideas need open-ended WH questions such as when, how, why etc., that helps to trigger to the explanatory and exploratory. Mentors introduction to technical words (plus in non-technical format) will help connect to a child’s prior learning. For example, sensors could be related to sense of human beings, for example eyes.

These could be good enough reasons to accept play could help in learning STEM. The sense of belonging and satisfaction through the play could some great memories for future.

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