The opening of a well know song, symbolic of the empowerment that access to books and learning gave to the proletariat in isolated mining communities in Wales. Hearing it on the radio this morning made me think about knowledge:
In this great age of information, do we further empower generations to hunger for meritorious learning and achievement? Even to the extent that they are savvy enough to disrupt the wealthy and privileged who have traditionally had the means to suppress their education, hopes and achievements?
Might we even see a profound tectonic shift where the "haves" and "have nots" become measured not by material wealth but by intellect, where the "have nots" can only make very limited contribution to society in the wake of automation, robotics, machine learning and AI, architected by the "haves"?
Or have we simply spawned a Generation Z who, in general, refuse to read, have little interest in detail, question nothing and focus solely on content provided by the highest bidder to whom Mark Zuckerberg has sold a half second of their limited attention spam. Some of whom even eat laundry detergent; in essence a general dumbing down of society?