What’s Golf Got to Do With It?
Our ability to deliver on the promises of AI, data, and other digital transformations is key to our national agenda and global security. Just imagine what would happen if another, less friendly nation educates more people to readily develop these technologies. It’s pretty much the same as losing the industrial revolution and becoming irrelevant, both from an economic and national security point of view.
So how do we currently teach keen people to climb the steep learning curve needed to develop these technologies? Today, we basically teach the theoretical foundations for each subject and then hope for the best.
If we taught people to play golf the same way that we teach people to master complex topics at universities, then it would be a miracle if we actually developed good golf players. In our hypothetical golf curriculum, we could expect that in year one, students would only be allowed to place the ball on the ground, and they would practice this for about one year. What about hitting the ball? No, that will happen much later. In the second year, we would focus completely on the backswing. How about hitting the ball in year three? No, the third year will be focused on understanding the materials inside the ball, and maybe calculate the optimal number of dimples for best flight. Finally, after another year of golf theory, everyone graduates. Everyone is supposedly an expert at Golf. The only problem is that no one in the class has ever played it or even hit the ball. But of course, that can be learned on the job!