Too many mature students ask why they need to toil at problems — like end of chapter questions in textbooks — to succeed at math. They contrast buckling to math exercises with lasting skills like driving — because after earning their license, most adults can still drive skillfully without drudgery or exertion, even though AI still can't drive!
Machine-learning systems can be duped or confounded by situations they haven’t seen before. A self-driving car gets flummoxed by a scenario that a human driver could handle easily. An AI system laboriously trained to carry out one task (identifying cats, say) has to be taught all over again to do something else (identifying dogs). In the process, it’s liable to lose some of the expertise it had in the original task. Computer scientists call this problem “catastrophic forgetting.
What distinguishes math from these lifelong competencies? Why can you lose math, if you don't use it — but you can still remember and master other lifetime competences like driving, without moil or practice?
After acquiring their licence, most adult drivers don't need to deliberately plod or grind away at driving with an instructor. Most still drive competently without incident, pains, or sweat! After issuing licenses, Canada and USA aren't required to test drivers again until elderliness!
RoadSafetyBC, the B.C. government’s agency responsible for road safety, mandates persons 80 and above to renew their driver’s licence every two years. They are required to get a medical examination report to be completed by their physicians. [...] Those that fail the medical exams, however, may end up having to take the Enhanced Road Assessment to determine whether they are fit to drive. It is free of charge but it takes a 90 minutes to complete and includes a pre-trip vehicle orientation, a 45-minute on-road drive and a post-trip review.
DMV does not take away your driver’s license when you reach a certain age. Your mental and/or physical condition or your inability to follow traffic laws and rules regardless of age determines whether your license is renewed, restricted, suspended, or revoked.
Some parents analogize that most humans never forget competencies of muscle memory like swimming, or implicit memory like how to ride a bike — even if they haven't done this in years!
Some parents analogize to cooking — as most people haven't attended culinary school, but most can still cook well enough.
Not having studied cooking professionally, most people can't cook like Michelin Star chefs. Most people don't even seek to advance or hone their cooking, but most people can still cook to survive!