In a society where information has been democratized, the rise in the number of online users is likely to accelerate.
In the past, people might go online to check out an old newspaper, or even watch a video on YouTube.
But cognitiveization is creating a new kind of online consumption.
And there’s no escaping its power.
A study released by the Brookings Institution on Wednesday found that by 2020, a third of the world’s population will be digitally literate, compared with 12% in 2000.
And that will create a global workforce that is more literate than the workforce of China or India.
The new kind can’t be limited to a handful of online platforms.
For example, one way that cognitiveization may impact education is by creating a global network of students who are able to share their knowledge.
That means that we need to be thinking about how to increase the number and quality of those students in classrooms, said Andrew Pyle, a fellow at Brookings who was involved in the study.
Another way that it’s creating a more literatized workforce is through the creation of new kinds of skills.
A recent study found that in 2020, the world is expected to see more than 3 billion job openings in STEM fields, which include science, technology, engineering and math.
At the same time, we’re not just seeing the skills of workers in the fields of computer programming, coding and digital fabrication becoming more widespread, said Patrick Moorhead, chief research officer at Moor Insights & Strategy.
As the global economy continues to change, that workforce will become more literati and more diverse, Moorhead said.
Pyle said he’s concerned that the proliferation of new forms of communication, which are now taking place online, could make it more difficult for teachers to teach in areas that are traditionally more academic.
And he said it’s important to look at how the new cognitive literacy might influence the kinds of learning that children are able or unwilling to do.
“We don’t have a way to quantify the effect of cognitiveized learning,” Moorhead told the Associated Press.
There is evidence that children who are more literated and who learn better have more academic success in high school and college.
What does cognitiveization mean for you?
I think that people are going to be able to be more engaged, more active, in their learning, Pyle said.
But I think they will also have the ability to be a bit more creative.