news.com.au 28 October 2015
AUSTRALIA’S new Chief Scientist has revealed where he believes our biggest weakness is in the rapidly changing world of science, and what we have to do to survive.
Dr Alan Finkel, who was named as the nation’s new Chief Scientist today, told Lateline that “robotics” and “super-intelligence” are on their way.
In order to cope with the technological advances being made, he talk about changing the way we educate children.
When asked how are we going to get Australian kids to study subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths that are crucial to our ability to be innovative, he spoke of altering “old-fashioned” ways of teaching them.
“So the first thing is to have an approach to education where we’re setting it in a relevant context, instead of perhaps teaching it, in some places, in an old-fashioned fashion,” he said.
“But we also need to be investing in teachers.”
Dr Finkel said that in the next 15 years, 40 to 45 per cent of “jobs as we know them will disappear”.