"… we can leave to ourselves those things that computers can't do such things as imagination, creativity, fantasy, intuition, problem solving where we don't have to have the exact conditions to know exactly what's happening we have an intuitive feel for what the solution ought to be…"
It is amazing that this interview may be 20 or 30 year old (the article reference 40, but personal computers 40 years ago were a dream at best) and Asimov not only broaches the crux of why computers were created in the first place, and the challenge that I often feel we HAVE NOT LIVED UP TO…, but also mentions the issues we should be concerned about and watch for as artificial intelligence and cheaper robotics become commonplace.
What are your thoughts? Like Asimov, I always believed that computers were created to free humans from mind numbing experiences, and to provide "us" more time for other pursuits as opposed to feeling the need to be "plugged in" via technology to make sure we stay on top of the commonplace…
Has technology advanced so that the human spirit (mind) can evolve into creative theoretical exploration or have "we" simply turned to technology to provide fantasy, problem solving, creative worlds to keep us from thinking?
When you apply this to education, what are your thoughts? Do we leverage computers to eliminate the commonplace, the stressors of our muscles, the mundane, and reserve the classroom to teach imagination, creativity, fantasy, intuition, and problem solving? Or have we moved into leveraging technology to attempt to teacher these mind concepts, while we press on with the mind numbing trivial exercises in "learning"?