Was just looking at the Top Ten Forecasts for 2007 from the World Future Society’s Outlook Report. They aren’t all about technology directly, but technology certainly figures in the scenarios:
1. Generation Y will migrate heavily overseas.
2. Dwindling supplies of water in China will impact the global economy.
3. Workers will increasingly choose more time over more money.
4. Outlook for Asia: China for the short term, India for the long term.
5. Children’s “nature deficit disorder” will grow as a health threat.
6. We’ll incorporate wireless technology into our thought processing by 2030.
7. The robotic workforce will change how bosses value employees.
8. The costs of global-warming-related disasters will reach $150 billion per year.
9. Companies will see the age range of their workers span four generations.
10. A rise of disabled Americans will strain public transportation systems.
An interesting list. They have another list of the Forecasts for the Next 25 Years that includes this interesting situation:
“Forecast #4: Schools based on classrooms and a human teacher will dwindle over the next 25 years. Why sit in a classroom when you can visit virtual worlds and experience your subjects? An ‘avatar,’ a personalized interactive guide, will answer all of your questions and help you pose new ones.”
I know some of you don’t really believe it; I know you think technology will never break the mold of the sage professor lecturing a room full of seated students. I guess we’ll see, but are we prepared for change or will we keep playing fall behind, catch up?