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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Scientific progress goes boink

"$4/$5 = x/25 -- find x."

It's not surprising that they ask to use a calculator for this.

When you take into account the facts that:
a) all their i-phones have calculators, and
b) they get it wrong anyway.

6 Comments:

Blogger km said...

So they lack basic math skills, they are going deaf from using headphones and they can't spell.

Sw-weeet. Gen Y and Z = epic FAIL.

//but damn they are all young and can party all night long.

//word verification: bilabili

10/30/2008 2:10 AM  
Anonymous blackmamba said...

The way I look at it, it will make humans dumb enough that machines can catch up real easily.

At this rate, we are looking at AI catching up with humans in in our lifetimes.

10/30/2008 2:21 AM  
Blogger Vivek Kumar said...

Slightly tangential.

One of my friends was TA at some univ in Oz for some MBA-type course. In one of his early sessions, he showed the students a derivation of a simple formula. He thought they would appreciate it because otherwise they would just have to mug it up and use it with their programmable calculators.

Believe it or not, the students lodged an official complaint against him for teaching them useless stuff and wasting their precious time.

Yes, I can see humanity has a bright future.

10/30/2008 4:49 AM  
Anonymous Lekhni said...

I have heard this story about my husband's classmate who, in an MBA class, wanted the Prof to explain X axis and Y axis to her and what (x,y) means.

10/30/2008 9:38 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

km:
yes they can!

mamba:
isn't that - like - socialism?

vivek, lekhni:
i see this has the potential to become quite a cathartic thread!

10/30/2008 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have actually taught basic fractions and division to an undergrad.

UG: "Ummm.. what are all those numbers after like that period thing?"
Moi: Oh... you mean decimal point

Yes.... a summer well spent.

- PM

10/31/2008 9:37 PM  

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