From STEM to STEAM: A journey to finding the soul stone of STEM, and avoiding the rise of soulless machines.

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
5 min readAug 20, 2021
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“Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains… Nowhere can a man find a retreat more peaceful or more free from trouble than his own soul.”

— Marcus Aurelius

I spent all my high school and engineering studies trying to get the best mark in maths and science.

I was eager to specialize all my stem cells into STEM masters.

Stem cell, an undifferentiated biological cell that can differentiate into specialized cells.

Source: Wikipedia

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

I think STEM is a great education system and tailored to fit the needs of industrial development.

Yet the question remains: is STEM the correct answer to the 4th industrial revolution?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0) is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. Large-scale machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the internet of things (IoT) are integrated for increased automation, improved communication and self-monitoring, and production of smart machines that can analyze and diagnose issues without the need for human intervention.

Source: Wikipedia

1. Terminator 2 and the story of machines with no soul.

The movie Terminator 2 is the best one, for me, when it comes to the trilogy.

And the subtitle of the movie, Judgment Day, echoes my fears regarding the technology we are feeding to our machines.

Indeed the initial code of all machines has been implemented by humans. Therefore, this source code is closely linked to the people who have written it.

We are talking a lot about A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), M.L. (Machine Learning), or DI (Deep

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪

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