Children will learn by downloading information directly into their brains within 30 years, an education expert has predicted.
Chris Parry, the new chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, said “Matrix-style” technology would render traditional lessons obsolete.
He said: “It’s a very short route from wireless technology to actually getting the electrical connections in your brain to absorb that knowledge.”
Mr Parry, a former Rear Admiral, spent three years determining the future strategic context for the military in a senior role at the Ministry of Defence.
He said the Keanu Reeves thriller may not look like science fiction in 30 years’ time.
“Within 30 years, sitting down and learning something will be a thing of the past,” Mr Parry said.
“I think people will be able to directly access, Matrix-style, all the vocabulary you need for a foreign language, leaving you just to clear up the grammar.”
Thought-provoking, certainly: but I question whether this can work in reality. After all, both the USA and England are faced with the reality that almost half the children who leave school are functionally illiterate. They simply haven’t learned while they were there.
Can a hi-tech method of feeding information directly into their brain actually make them take it in, and understand it, and learn how to apply it?
I say not. What’s your take, readers?