FRANCES VALINTINE on embracing digital technology

Frances Valintine

Frances Valentine on the stigma about having to up skill our thinking.

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This week's featured guest on NBR Sunday Business with Andrew Patterson is tech futurist Frances Valintine. 

She discusses some of the challenges New Zealand still needs to address when it comes to fully embracing digital technology, and developing a blueprint for the country's future in this area.


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More self aggrandising puffery from mindlab. Happy to slate the public sector and assessment. Happy to take public sector money off teachers to "educate" them and "assess" them. Not once have they specified the fundamental issues as they pursue media coverage and trophies.

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I totally support France Valentine's approach to education and the innovation strategy that will create a 'wise learning' environment for our children and young adults globally. The world is changing and education needs to keep pace with these development (Cognitive AI, Augumented VR, Bots, distant learning, etc.) I look forward to following France's quest to accelerate this initiative starting in the home, the schools, and with the govenment. Chip Dawson, CEO MD IBML

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Most of the 'mind lab' ideas are poorly grasped copies of other peoples work.

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There is no doubting education needs to get with the times.

However, once you peel back the thin veneer on Mindlab's education you find there is no real education going on, just buzz words and self promoting hype. Indeed, there is much danger in causing dissonnance as the basis to lure young children into an environment to entertian them with experiments and toys. It is little wonder they call to abolish assessment is used to legitimise experiementation of other peoples children as no actual learning, cognitive, pyschological and or genuine collaboration can be measured.

Again the education system needs to change. But, Hopkins career would be won and lost by the strength of his due diligence on investing tax paper coin on this crowd as a solution to education. Putting a call into their shocked ex-employees is probably a wise starting point.

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So when all our jobs are gone due to machines doing it all, what then? Are we all just going to be a nation of people wandering around on benefits. No point having a fancy education if a robot or AI can do your job for you. Thank god I'm getting towards the end of it. I'd hate to be starting over again. I genuinely feel sorry for the young ones today. Can't afford to buy a home, and no jobs to look forward to.... bugger that.

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Futurist opinions are fascinating but about as realistic as Star Wars

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Good on you Frances for the passion and perseverance for charging ahead and getting all this done. There is no question that we need to educate our kids to be able to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

As the comments here show it's no easy road you are paving.

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