The more things change, the more the rate of change increases– at least, according to a theory about technology called the principle of accelerating change.
If the trend continues and technological progress continues at its current rate, what will the future look like? The possible answers are just as scary as they are awe-inspiring.
Computers have already drastically affected the way we communicate and play. But what about work? In another 10 or 15 years, our entire concept of a job could look totally different.
To help kids prepare for what’s coming, experts at the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST) have attempted to peer into the future. Read on to discover what they saw.
10. Domestic Robot Salesman
Experts believe that in the future busy moms and dads will require human salesmen to help them pick out house robots. Robot salesmen might even observe day-to-day family life to identify their specific needs.
The demand for help with domestic work is already huge. The only problem is that right now, the technology that could bring robotic maids and butlers to middle class households is too expensive.
However, this situation is changing rapidly as technology continues to improve and the cost keeps going down.
9. Simplicity Expert
Already, the human race has so much technology that we literally have no idea what to do with it. Implementing new technologies is difficult because established systems tend to resist change. With time, this problem will only worsen as new technologies continue to emerge.
The demand for tech experts who can figure out new ways to implement new technologies is rising. The first businesses that take advantage of new inventions will be the ones that will rise to the top of the heap.
Simplicity experts will need to use both sides of their brain to be successful. Sociology, mathematics and engineering skills are just a few pieces of the puzzle that may be required.
8. Aquaponic fish farmer
We’ll soon need new production methods in order to keep up with the shortage of wild fish. One method– called aquaponic fish farming– could be the answer. Aquaponic fish farmers grow plants on the surface of the water that live on the nutrients of fish waste. Underneath, the fish breathe the oxygen that the plants return to the water.
The old idiom “there are plenty more fish in the sea” may seem ridiculously antiquated in the future, after pollution and climate change make it impossible for wild fish to survive.
7. Climate Change Reversal Specialist
The scientists and engineers of the future will need to figure out a way to reverse the effects of global climate change. Local areas hit extremely hard by rapid weather pattern changes will need experts who can figure out workarounds.
Creative thinking is also a must. With the survival of the human race at stake, even extreme solutions are on the table. Exotic climate engineering methods of the future may include filling the ocean with iron fillings, covering deserts and glaciers with plastic and building a giant space umbrella to block some of the sun’s energy.
Whatever solution is chosen, it’s bound to be a drastic undertaking involving massive amounts of resources.
6. Crowdfunding Specialist
Today, crowdfunding is a novelty. Most big entertainment projects are funded by corporations that obtain their funds via the stock market or by other means. But in the future, everything about the way a movie, book or video game is made could change.
The biggest crowdfunding success story on record is Star Citizen— a wildly ambitious kickstarter project that reeled in an astounding amount of capital: $105,189,806. Between 2012 and 2013, the amount of funds raised via crowdfunding doubled. As a result, more and more people are turning to crowdfunding experts to get their project funded.
Not all surgeons can pull off certain surgeries. The ability to perform complex operations takes years of education plus a great deal of natural talent.
Today, when patients with unusual conditions need help they have to figure out a way to travel to a specialist. But in the future, the specialist will be able to come to you via the Internet. The most talented doctors won’t be limited to operating only in their local city and as a result, they’ll make a lot more money. Tomorrow’s surgeons will perform surgeries via the web.
4. Virtual Teachers
Many school systems in the United States and Europe continue to use outdated 19th century teaching methods, despite the fact that a wealth of technology is available that could change everything.
The human teachers of the future may not do much actual teaching at all. The virtual teacher’s job may be to supervise behavior and make sure that students are properly matched to a computerized avatar.
The robotic teacher in the picture below gives South Korean students English lessons. The robot is operated remotely by teachers in the Philippines.
3. Baby Designer
The age of designer babies is almost upon us.
In April of 2015, Chinese researchers dared to modify the DNA of a human embryo in order to correct a gene that causes a potentially fatal blood disorder. Though the results of the research were useful, the study started a debate about the ethics of modifying human DNA.
Then, in February of 2016 the UK legalized research into human embryo modification. It is still illegal to put a modified embryo back in a pregnant woman, but it’s probably only a matter of time before parents start enhancing their children by allowing gene code modifications.
3D printed organs are already here. In November of 2015, scientists working for a Russian company called 3D Bioprinting Solutions not only produced a mouse thyroid gland– they also successfully implanted the gland as well.
It’s only a matter of time before human organ printing goes mainstream. When that happens, a new infrastructure will need to be set up to distribute 3D printed organs to those who need them.
Organ printing will help everyone live much longer– so that we can all watch as 3D printers turn the entire world upside down.
1. 3D Printed Food Chef
According to Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson, 3D printing will soon be “bigger than the Internet.” It’s going to change everything, even the most elemental aspects of the way we live– including the way we eat.
The 3D food chefs of the future will need programming skills as well as artistic talent.
Food printers are already here. With the Foodini by Natural Machines, you can print out anything from pizza to cookies to pasta. Anything that’s soft can be made into an astounding variety of interesting artistic edible creations.
Future 3D food printers may be able to make food that rivals meals prepared by gourmet chefs. If the food is delicious enough, 3D food printing could make going out to eat obsolete. Those who invent brand new recipes used all over the world, however, could make a fortune.
Italian Foodini inventor Lynette Kucsma had this to say about her 3D food printer:
“It’s all about fresh ingredients, these are your recipes, you don’t have to change anything. We’re never going to force people to buy prepared food capsules or add chemicals, like with other printers. It’s all about real food.”