ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Knowledge is obsolete, so now what?: Pavan Arora at TEDxFoggyBottom

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Knowledge is obsolete, so now what?: Pavan Arora at TEDxFoggyBottom

Here’s Great Tip: Knowledge is obsolete, so now what?: Pavan Arora at TEDxFoggyBottom


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Knowledge is changing faster than ever before, with content and access increasing everyday. Pavan explains his perspective on this growth, how we teach the next generation, and why he is hopeful for the future.

Pavan is Chief Innovation Officer at Aptara, a 7000 employee company helping apply current technology in publishing and education. As an experienced industry advisor and incubator of new technology, he spearheads Aptara’s innovation efforts by leading its product strategy and development initiatives. Prior to Aptara, Pavan was a digital innovation consultant to McGraw-Hill, World Bank, and the Library of Congress. His drive for involvement with cutting-edge technologies has resulted in a three year stint as a venture capitalist and six start-ups since graduating from Johns Hopkins and the London School of Economics. As a member of NextGen Angels, Pavan spends his spare time investing in technology startups and advising entrepreneurs on growth. When Pavan is not geeking out, he can be found entertaining his see-saw obsessed son at the park.

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10 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Knowledge is obsolete, so now what?: Pavan Arora at TEDxFoggyBottom”

  1. Brilliant.  What is very sad however, is that only 11,000 people have watched this in over a year.  Paris Hilton can pick her nose and 11,000 people will watch it in a hour.

    I'm working on a project with my 12 year old daughter about imagining what the adult world will be like when she is there.

  2. This is very thought provoking! I especially like the idea that we should teach our children to be creative instead of teaching them tasks which will be obsolete by the time they're old enough to use them. 

  3. "Knowledge": the word is used dozens of times but never defined. Half of what students learn as freshmen will be out of date by the time they become seniors? Is there any single university subject where this is actually true? Physics? The theoretical underpinning you learn as a freshman will not only be true in three years' time, but in a billion. History? No-one's writing any new Anglo-Saxon Chronicles or Paston letters to replace the ones we already have. Music? No one's going to be inventing a new way of playing the trumpet, or discover that Beethoven is suddenly irrelevant, or change the physical constants underlying the rules of functional harmony. Chemistry? Some atoms of a new element may be synthesized, but the ones already on the Periodic Table are going to stay there for all time. No, clearly what the speaker is talking about is not knowledge redundancy but merely technological redundancy.
    Two reasons why looking stuff up is not a substitute for memory: First, if you've memorized something you're much more likely to actually understand it. Second, the more you know in your memory, the better able you are to integrate new information within an overall framework that enhances the value of both the new knowledge and the old. I've worked with people who've grown up with the assumption that they never need to remember anything, and it's not a pretty sight: they're unable to learn and improve their skills because they're constantly returning to first base, constantly asking the same questions over and over, like a generation of twentysomethings with premature dementia. Human memory is an incredible capability gifted to us by millions of years of evolutionary development. Why not try using it?

  4. Hello Pavan Sir,
    I am a regular follower of TEDx and today your speech stunned me and many others like me :). I love your talk on education. I had an opportunity to meet you once in Aptara Delhi office and hope we will see you soon again :). Feeling proud of you , and being part of Aptara family. 

  5. Thanks for your thoughts.  And a big thank you to APX Labs, the augmented reality company that is building interesting solutions that promise to be a game-changer.

  6. Thanks Pavan. I agree we must teach our kids to understand themselves as learners and understand how to access material. However, learners need guidance and scaffolding. Our resources need to provide clear links between the education system's expectations, the ways in which understanding can be demonstrated, and relevant but varied resources which contain the knowledge. The internet is too big and messy (and dangerous) for learners to find their way alone.
    The key point here is that modern resources don't contain the knowledge, they contain the pathways and processes to discover the knowledge.

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