Solving the unemployment challenge means developing competitive skills, so there are more qualified people eligible for the jobs today and the ones that will be created in the future. To take advantage of the potential of IoE, the world needs millions of people to fill information and communications technology jobs in every country, in almost every field.
Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report released its STEM Index of the United States. It revealed that student aptitude for and interest in science, technology, engineering and math has been essentially flat for more than a decade, at the same time that the need for STEM skills continues to grow.
Last year at a conference on national service, I heard a young man named Johann Shockency speak. Johann said that as a child, he had one goal: to serve his country through the armed forces.
It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.
We tend to think of math as a series of numbers and symbols on paper, often preceding a list of multiple-choice answers intentionally presented to confound you. But what if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? Math is everywhere around us, and it's beautiful.