This article is based on a paper by Lee Rainie in 2017 as part of the
Alvin Toffler predicted a future in his 1970 bestseller Future Shock that looks much like today’s reality.
- the rise of the internet,
- the sharing economy,
- companies built on “adhocracy” rather than centralized bureaucracy,
- the broader social confusions and concerns about technology.
- how the evolving relationship between people and technology would shape how societies and economies develop.
So where will we be in 2030?
- Jobs – what will they look like?
- How will we re educate ourselves?
- What will education look like?
- How will we earn a living?
- Will we need to earn a living?
- How will we communicate?
- Will everything we do be inaliebly linked to the internet?
- Privacy? Will it exist?
So many other questions – what questions do you have?
Can we master greater connectivity
Many are convinced that the internet will be everywhere – or nearly everywhere – in the next generation. It will be “on” most things and built into many objects and environments.
Experts claim that the internet will fade into the background, becoming like electricity – less visible but deeply embedded in human endeavors.
Even those without high levels of literacy will interact with digital material and apps using their voice, igniting an unprecedented expansion of knowledge and learning.
The build of AI – will there be mistakes along the way? Who will build it? Will it incorporate values that we can be proud of?
This explosion of connectivity has bought and will continue to bring infinite new possibilities, but also economic and social vulnerabilities.
The level of coordination and coding required to stitch the Internet of Things together is orders of magnitude more complicated than any historical endeavour yet.
It is likely that things will break and no one will know how to fix them.
Bad actors will be able to achieve societal disruptions at scale and from afar.
Consequently, we are faced with some hard, costly choices.
- How much redundancy should these complex systems have?
- How will they be defended and by whom?
- How is liability redefined, as objects are networked across a global grid and attacks can metastasize quickly?
Will AI , IOT and machine learning Be good for humans? Will it create or destroy jobs? Will more valuable jobs replace those supplanted by technology.
How are we as humans going to react to the technology revolution?
What jobs will replace those that will be done by machines.
How will education and skills-training adapt?
Colleges, community colleges and trade schools – models are being disrupted – Teaching is now blended through online video or hybrid courses which provide both online and classroom experiences.
Artificial intelligence systems will assess student performance and the sufficiency of the course.
Employees are also self-training with online material.