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Teaching for Tomorrow – 5 Macro Trends that will Shape the Future

There are 5 Macro Trends that will shape the Future.  These are:

  • The Age of Automation
  • The Demise of Driving
  • A Re-Think of Retail
  • A Printable World
  • The Triumph of the Tiny

Which of these Trends do you anticipate will have the biggest impact and state why?

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Mon
2 years ago

If I think of these trends in the context of my NESB students at TAFE, I believe the age of automation has had the most direct impact on their lives as we see automation taking over industries they were once able to be employed in. While technological advances are making incredible changes to our lives, for those who are not technologically literate, their employment opportunities seem to diminish.

Kirsty
2 years ago
Reply to  Mon

I agree and it is concerning that so many job opportunities will be diminished.

Lee
3 years ago

All the trends discussed will be fascinating to see unfold over the next 10 – 20 years. I believe the age of automation will certainly impact us the most as a society as some occupations will no longer exist and new ones will present themselves. Developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills will become more important in a tech-driven world.

Christine
2 years ago
Reply to  Lee

I agree Lee, the age of automation will have an ever increasing impact on the way society interacts as well as communicates and processes vital information. Our world is already highly tech-driven and very reliant on all 5 of the macro trends which will change our lives even more dramatically entering into the next decade.

Romi Sharma
2 years ago
Reply to  Lee

I absolutely agree with how the importance of thinking outside the box will become a critical aspect if we need to keep abreast with these amazing trends.

Limin Hou
2 years ago
Reply to  Lee

Good thinking about the occupational and societal changes

Kirsty
2 years ago
Reply to  Lee

I absolutely agree with how the importance of thinking outside the box will become a critical aspect if we need to keep up with the developing trends and prepare our young generation for what’s coming

Paul
3 years ago

Interesting times, however, most of us have gone through many shifts, changes and adaptation throughout our working careers
I think all these trends will impact us both positively and negatively depending on how we choose to allow them
It’s a matter of working with the Trends, and being prepared for the change that they will offer is key
As a VET teacher in Electrical Trades, I see these changes from more the design and servicing of these technologies is where our students need to develop and hone their skills. It is certainly opening up many opportunities for my industry (so I think ?)
However I do see the many advantages these Macro trends will provide, and I see these changes will also require us to be adaptive and creative in how education will look and be delivered in the future

Grietje
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

totally agree, we need to teach our students to be critical thinkers and adapt to quick changes.

Ben
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

That is certainly a positive way to view these potential changes

David
3 years ago

All will be very interesting and will all have a huge impact to the way we live. In terms of impacts on how we deliver to students, the Age of Automation, will change learning the most. Teachers will need to develop new ideas to make students independent because of technologies.

Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  David

Yes David, I agree, but the process of educating students to be independent has always been key regardless of technologies – but very interesting how our students will be motivated and to think will be interesting compared to how we were taught and the students we have taught throughout our careers – however exciting times all the same

Suzanne Petkovic
3 years ago

All 5 macro trends are shaping the future but the one that is having the most impact is the Age of Automation. With the rise of robots, influence of Artificial Intelligence (including digital and facial recognition technology) jobs are evolving and new occupations are emerging as new technologies are coming into play that are altering the nature of work.. It would be hard to live without these new technologies now that have entered our world (eg. Google Maps).

Paul
3 years ago

Suzanne, I certainly agree and see the impacts technologies have made and continue to make on our standard of living. Could we live without many of the life changers of technology have made – some yes and some no – it’s the convenience we are enjoying – it’s educating ourselves to educate for the future is our role – something I am still grappling with

Jenny Spranger
3 years ago

I think the age of Automation may have the greatest impact. If we can already get two computers to talk to each other and for them, to develop their own code – well that is scary. I can see that many of the futuristic films becoming true, i.e. where artificial intelligence and our own life can not be distinguished apart or for that matter we could end up being their servants instead of the other way around.

Suzanne Petkvovic
3 years ago
Reply to  Jenny Spranger

I agree Jenny, that the Age of Automation is the most significant of all the trends. Critical thinking will be important skills for all! We all need to reflect, problem solve and see things from different perspectives. Life is evolving in so many ways and we all need to keep up!!!!! Adapt, and keeping moving forward!!!!!!!!! So exciting!!!!!

Chontalle
2 years ago

I agree Suzanne. Critical thinking is key for all Lessons

Michelle Leafe
3 years ago
Reply to  Jenny Spranger

I agree with you Jenny – the greatest impact would be automation .. very scary when they are talking to each other, however, I currently work in retail and the idea of a printable world will truly change the way we sell our product, how we promote it and the challenges around the ownership of our products. Interesting times indeed.

Kate Lee
3 years ago

As time passes tech keeps changing and evolving, I’d like to think the triumph of the tiny will make medical intervention and changes/ cures, but whether the big pharmaceutical companies allow this is another matter.

Jenny Spranger
3 years ago
Reply to  Kate Lee

I would like to think that as well, as it would be for the benefit for man kind ( which would be a nice change instead of some mufti-national corporation)

David
3 years ago
Reply to  Kate Lee

Hi Kate
I agree . I hope that human nature and the inherent need to do good prevails.

Chontalle
2 years ago
Reply to  Kate Lee

Technology continues to improve which means the opportunities are endless. I look forward to seeing what improvements we will see

Stephen Howe
3 years ago

The demise of driving I can see will have a big change if its cost efficient.
One of the biggest expenses I have is owning a car, if self driving uber style car trips come into effect. the cost of use could be 10% of owning a car. Car ownership will completely change. Then we will have the problem of what to do with all those empty car spaces and empty car parks.

Lee
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Howe

This trend interests me most in terms of when and how it will become a reality. I’m sure the government will find plenty of uses for empty carparks!

Jackie
2 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Howe

I do like the idea of drive less cars. Hopefully this option would be better the environment as well with less cars on the roads. I am sure car park land will be used for housing, business etc

ian
2 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Howe

The demise of driving would create a safer world on the roads without the human interaction which causes many accidents and deaths each year, also with the shift to cleaner fueled vehicles a less polluted planet.

Fiona Walker
3 years ago

These are all very interesting and will all have a huge impact to the way we live. In terms of impacts on how we prepare our students, I think the Age of Automation, which encompasses the other areas is at the top. How do we teach students to be problem solvers and try new challenges if everything is already being done for them? I am looking forward seeing solutions in this area and I really feel sorry for the future students who won’t have the same, useful opportunities to develop their own critical thinking skills because of these technologies.

Suzanne Petkovic
3 years ago
Reply to  Fiona Walker

Yes, I agree that the Age of Automation is the most significant of all the trends. Critical thinking will be important skills for all! This will be an important part of new courses moving forward!

David
3 years ago
Reply to  Fiona Walker

Fiona

I agree we will need to develop new ways to think critically and in a way go back to basics to ensure these soft skills are not lost to automation.

Ritula Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Fiona Walker

Yes Fiona just imagine I learnt keyboarding a manual typewriter. Some of the skills I had to learn to do my Teacher of Typewriting examination makes me feel how amazing my skills were.

I feel lucky to have seen the evolution technological change. DOS and all the character based application packages. I feel the intellect required to write programs were may be difficult but after that it has been easier with all the picture based programs.

Christine Sefton
3 years ago

I can’t decide which of these individually would have the biggest impact. I think what’s interesting and very frightening is that they are all happening at the same time and these trends will come together in ways that we can’t yet predict – magnifying the impacts

Jenny Spranger
3 years ago

I agree – it all seems to be happening at all fronts at he same time, and one can only hope that the relentless march towards automation does not resolve in full employment for AI and increasingly less for humanity. If people do not work, how will they be able to pay for all this.

Christine
2 years ago
Reply to  Jenny Spranger

Most certainly – the speed at which these changes are happening is quite frightening and confronting! Changes due to the implementation of technology in the way we (and future teachers) deliver training and education will have a profound impact on the way future generations learn.

Jackie
2 years ago

Yes the changes will all come into play very quickly at around the same time. This will make it very difficult for some people to get a grasp on

Michelle Tandy
3 years ago

Lots of interesting ideas and amazing that it is not at all far away!

I feel that the Age of Automation may have the largest impact on society in the future. I think it will have far-reaching effects on businesses, industries but most importantly, people. People have a fundamental need to be able to interact with each other. It will be interesting to see how this trend impacts in the long term and the complete shift in relating to others. Not to mention how available this technology will be to people who may not have the financial means to access it. I foresee a big divide here!

Mel Blair
3 years ago

I really enjoyed this. ITs all very interesting and slightly terrifying.
All 5 of these trends are really not that far away in the scheme of things and all have the potential to create huge change.
The demise of driving is one I feel probably the closest to home, as he said, will my children ever learn to drive? or will that be a thing of the past for them by the time they reach that age.
This module absolutely got my brain ticking.
Thank you.

Kate Lee
3 years ago
Reply to  Mel Blair

Absolutely agree, scary thoughts of driverless cars but it will be safer than drivers in sydney now

Ritula Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Mel Blair

I have lived through many of these changes and am still worried about driverless vehicles.

Shaista Imran
3 years ago

I think The Demise of Driving will have the biggest impact. We can already see it coming. All those industries that use the different types of transports will be hugely impacted. Before watching this video I used to think of safety on the roads because of self driven cars now I am concerned about all the other industries relying on transportation to find new reasons for hiring humans

Wendy Penton
3 years ago

I think the re-think of Retail will be a game changer because it is happening so quickly now. Due to the Covid restrictions world wide ,Retail has had to change dramatically. Retail was already on the change due to the impact of online shopping. This has become the norm . Most people are experiencing online shopping . Add to this Covid and retail is really being forced to change. People are open to change. Lining up at checkouts is very demanding on a time poor society. This will affect the everyday person and their lifestlye more so than anything else.

Fiona Walker
3 years ago
Reply to  Wendy Penton

The disappointment in this area is that to date, so many of our students use retail for the first jobs out of school where they are able to develop so many skills that should be useful for their futures: communication, navigating the world of work, problem solving and so on. Let’s hope that there is still ways for them to learn these skills, and have them be useful for the future.

Melissa Auer
3 years ago

It seems that all 5 macro trends have there place to effect the future world of tomorrow however Artificial Intelligence and the rise of it through to Super AI will I believe will have the most impact not only on the students of today but on the world of tomorrow. AI is already so embedded in all of our proceeses and the move to make it more apart of our everyday living world means that we will all have to adapt quite quickly to this changing technology. The thought of robotic technology taking over more and more areas of our human lives feels very daughting and I believe might take the humanity out of our everyday lives as human contact wont be as required.

Mel Blair
3 years ago
Reply to  Melissa Auer

Couldn’t agree more there Mel. I find all the AI stuff a little scary, it has such a terrifying capacity to take over completely.

Michelle Leafe
3 years ago
Reply to  Mel Blair

I find it scary as well, so many movies from the passed have an element of reality, Terminator, Fantastic Voyage, Running Man, Total Recall etc. I’m excited to be part of the generation to see it happen, but apprehensive as well.

Christine Sefton
3 years ago
Reply to  Melissa Auer

Yes I agree too. It’s like we’re inadvertently letting AI into our lives and one day we might just wake up and we’ll be at level 3 and the AI will take over. it might be too late!!

Sharyn Baker
3 years ago

AI seems to be the dominant ingredient underlying everything – I agree with everyone who has posted. It seems that the world we knew, even in the early 2000’s has changed in leaps and bounds and who knows ”where to next?” The next 10 years will probably change the world exponentially in ways we can’t imagine. Thinking of the future for our students is daunting – how do we prepare them? Perhaps by being open minded, resilient and highly creative.

dianneoneile
3 years ago

Very likely the printable world will have the biggest impact as it withdraws a whole lot of intermediatories like manufactures and removes many layers of jobs already present. I think it does however require a high level of service to be able to manage printables which will be the new serive industry.

Mel Blair
3 years ago
Reply to  dianneoneile

I cant help but think about all of the job losses etc that come along with this as well. So many people well end up out of work as they get replaced by machines.

Christine Sefton
3 years ago
Reply to  dianneoneile

the 3D printing is one I can’t quite conceptualise yet. What about all the possible raw material or construction products required to make things and things with different componentry and moveable parts. I can understand a 3D model, but not more complex items and not from one possible household printer like a microwave

Mon
2 years ago
Reply to  dianneoneile

I agree Dianne. When we are being trained to make people employable, it is hard to keep up with all these changes and hard to know how to recommend people to get back into the workforce

Joseph Chow
2 years ago
Reply to  dianneoneile

I think this would be a wonderful possibility, it provides such a great convenience.

Suzanne
3 years ago

There are many remarkable advancements over the last few years that are going to shape and transform our lives in the future if they haven’t already started to do so. Predicting which will have the biggest impact is difficult as many of these trends are interconnected.
While I can see that AI, driverless cars, nano technology and 3D printing are set to change the world in big ways, I think that in the near future the ‘Retail Rethink’ will have the biggest impact as shopping is something we all do.
Technologies that enable consumers to shop without manual check out are just the start but may soon be overtaken by shopping on line and individualised/personalised shopping. These will entirely reshape the way we experience shopping.
Removing the need to manually checkout will make the process of shopping in a physical store far more efficient. Reducing the need to cue at a checkout will improving the flow of people in and out of the store and saving valuable time. Expensive, bulky checkout systems with conveyor belts and cash registers will not be needed nor the staff to operate them saving space and money. Shop lifting will become far more difficult to hide as items are recorded as they are removed from the shelf and added to the customer’s account. The cashless transaction also removes the need to have large amounts of cash on the premises reducing the risk of theft or hold ups.
Home-shopping brings us another level of convenience however. The ability to shop from home and have it delivered to your door will allow customers to shop at personally convenient times, which will free up time to pursue other activities, eliminate the need for physical shops and expensive displays as well as reduce the number of times products have to be handled as goods can come straight from the manufacturer or a warehouse.
On the negative side however, it will:
1. drastically reduce and/or eliminate the need for staff in stores
2. lead to the ‘death’ of physical shopping centres
3. change the landscape of city centres
4. reduce the opportunity for community interaction and casual contact with others.

We are essentially social beings and ‘shopping’ is one of those communal activities that we have all shared in one form or other from the time of the ‘hunters and gathers’ until now. Removing the need to come together in this way will fundamentally change the opportunities we have to interact unless we find other ways to bring people together.

Shaista Imran
3 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Suzanne I agree that Retail Re think would make our life more convenient; however, I am weary of the thought how it will drastically reduce the need for staff ( humans) in store as well as the opportunity for community interaction

Julia
3 years ago

I think the printable world will have a huge impact, not only on retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, but also on regulatory bodies. There will need to be a whole re-think of how 3D printing will be regulated.

dianne
3 years ago
Reply to  Julia

Regulation is important especially with printable food, but servicing the new printables is also a whole new skill zone.

Sharyn Baker
3 years ago
Reply to  Julia

Totally agree – regulating this industry may be difficult – especially if we all have 3-D printers at home!

Els Daglinckx
3 years ago

Although I think that “A printable world” is a force to be reckoned with, the age of automation is embedded in our daily lives. My interest is mainly in vocational education and this has a huge impact on the professional careers of our students.

Julia
3 years ago
Reply to  Els Daglinckx

Els, I think you’re right. Automation will greatly affect how very many jobs are done, especially those that are now wholly manual.

dianne
3 years ago
Reply to  Els Daglinckx

This is so valid. The careers that haven’t been invented yet can’t be taught!

Michelle Wilson
3 years ago

I think the ‘Age of Automation’ will have the biggest impact: the nature of work, the types of jobs (including loss of full industries and occupations as well as the creation of new ones), the way we communicate and, fundamentally, make sense of the world. around us.

Els Daglinckx
3 years ago

I agree with your comment Michelle.

Suzanne
3 years ago

I agree with your comment that AI will have a big impact.
My concern is about the data that powers Artificial intelligence. As more and more data is collected, both with and without our permission, our privacy becomes increasingly compromised. Those who control and own the most powerful digital systems in the future will increasingly have a control over the rest of us.

Wendy Penton
3 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

There is always the concern about privacy and power shifting with new technology advances. There has to be checks and balances put in place for all industries and accountability. I agree that privacy and permission to access information is always an ongoing issue for all consumers. Just how regulation will be done to preserve this I’m not sure.

Melissa Auer
3 years ago

110% Michelle. It is a very scary but very exciting time to be living in. Communication is the key.

Michelle Tandy
3 years ago

I agree – communication with each other and the whole idea of relationships will be forever changed. We are already seeing this!

Mounir El Ahmadieh
3 years ago

The Age of Automation

Anne-Marie Skelton
3 years ago

I think that each of these macro trends will impact our society. Automation is probably the most powerful and is having an effect now in our daily lives. Automation has enabled the creation and growth of other macro trends.

Michelle Wilson
3 years ago

Yes I agree, a very good point, automation has enabled the growth of the other trends.

Kate Lee
3 years ago

So much of this already happening and so fast, a really interesting topic

Denise
3 years ago

Although all trends will bring big changes to our lives, I think that the trend for 3D printing is the one that will bring the biggest impact. The ability to print off many things ourselves would certainly be more convenient but it would adversely affect manufacturing and transport industries and reduce the need to train and employ people in those fields. The speed of change would largely depend on the cost of 3D printers, I would think. It may be sometime before they are accessible to the average person.

Michelle Wilson
3 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Yes it is amazing how 3D printing is changing our world. You make a valid point about adversely impacting manufacturing and yet having technology incredibly accessible to so many people.

Melissa Auer
3 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Yes Denise I agree with your comment. The amount of damage this would do to so many industries and ireparable damage is insurmountable. However we must also see the amount of good it is doing especially for our medical world. There is so much potential to do good with this technology.

Fiona C
2 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Denise, I agree that in the future 3D printing may have the biggest impact .Once they are available to consumers on a large scale , they will become a similar level purchase
to that of a laptop or smart phone which has been integrated into society in the last decade

Tersem Kaur
3 years ago

I think the rethink of retailing will have the biggest impact because the way business work in retail will change dramatically and fit well with the new way of life which we are experiencing since end of 2019 as the new normal allowing limited contact, sizeable savings, flexibility to drive higher sales.

Els Daglinckx
3 years ago
Reply to  Tersem Kaur

Although I partially agree with your comment Tersem, I think that the increase of the online consumer (since Covid) is here to stay.

Millicent Gilbert
3 years ago

I can see that from these 5 discussion points that some of them are more advanced than others. ‘A printable world’ is not new, however the application in new and different areas will push it further. Of more concern should be the raw materials currently being used – plastics.

Lee
3 years ago

Interesting point Millicent.

Sue Lange
3 years ago

I think it will ‘A Re-think of Retail,’ as Amazon will gain unprecedented mass surveillance globally, in addition to reshaping retail to grow their business even more exponentially.

Suzanne
3 years ago
Reply to  Sue Lange

I agree that the ‘Retail Rethink’ will have a big impact on businesses like Amazon, allowing them to dominate the market. The flow-on effect will be the demise of smaller businesses physical stores and shopping centres and result in a narrowing of choices rather than expanding them.

Mon
2 years ago
Reply to  Sue Lange

It’s true the Amazon is on it’s way to unprecedented dominance over an increasing range of products and services

Colleen Gaudron
3 years ago

I think it is going to be the age of automation. As I see it automation is the bases for all of the other 4 areas as it underpins them all. Scary thoughts as to where it will lead us

Mark Coleman
3 years ago

I think AI will have the biggest impact.
You just have to use Facebook to see how they send ads targeted specifically to us based on our search histories .
Walking through an airport with NO PASSPORT? WOW!

Colleen Gaudron
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark Coleman

Automation appears to be the underlying key to all of the other 4 points. I have to wonder how the facial recognition would be used currently in the tracing of Covid-19. That would be a real game changer.

Sharyn Baker
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark Coleman

AI seems to have been around for a long time when you think about it (even in the movies -No 5 is Alive!) so thinking of all the professions that this will impact is enormous. I believe AI underlines everything from automation to logistics to retail – it’s all based on the this artificial intelligence technology – so perhaps there will need to be more programmers rather than labourers/workers; or will AI take this over as well? It’s somewhat scary to try to predict what will happen in the next 20-50 years.

Jane Hunter
3 years ago

A re-think in retail

This will be an exciting time in retail to be forefront in change which would provide a better lifestyle for many people.

Colleen Gaudron
3 years ago
Reply to  Jane Hunter

It is certainly going to change the retail world. All I can see left for retail sector that we currently know is going to be the small businesses of niche markets.

Sue Lange
3 years ago

Yes, the lifetstyle benefits will be hand-in-hand with mass job losses, but hopefully other jobs will emerge to replace them.

Millicent Gilbert
3 years ago
Reply to  Sue Lange

For sure there will be job losses and / or job changes. retail is all about the experience so there may be opportunities in other areas

Sylvia Haber-Farrugia
3 years ago
Reply to  Jane Hunter

This new technology will be a gain changer, however the impact on job loss will certainly be considerable.

Dorothy Mei Fun LAU
3 years ago

I think the age of automation will have the biggest impact because of rising of artificial intelligence in many hospitality industry such as hotel services and even the check-in services in airports .
I am fascinated by the conversation between a robot and human being about the booking for an appointment.

Colleen Gaudron
3 years ago

We will see it as a very easy way to organise our lives. But it does leave you wondering about how fast our lives will become due to it.

Sue Lange
3 years ago

I agree. There is the potential for identity theft and privacy issues, too.

Fiona Christopher
2 years ago

Dorothy , I agree , I found the the restaurant booking via AI to be a remarkable action

Matthew
3 years ago

It is the combination of these 5 (and others) combined with what this course calls “AI” and big data that will change our world forever. There are many futures to fear:
• runaway algorithms that conclude the Earth would be better off without the current destructive infestation of absurd humans and wipe us out,
• nano technology or gene manipulation that does us in by accident,
• short term (human) thinkers that use algorithms to stuff their pockets with cash and power by efficiently manipulating human behaviour but neglect to notice the effect that humankind descends into nihilism, decay and destruction.
There are also many futures to look forward to, but they all rely on us, as a species currently in control of our fate, being wise. If we look at what we do, instead of what we say, it is not possible to confidently believe that we will suddenly become wise.
So what do we teach our students to prepare them for this brave new world?! Critical judgement, the beauty of optimism and the power of protest!

mark cole
3 years ago

I think change occurs every minute and embracing change is the way to move forward . The 5 macro trends will have an impact on the way things are done and seen , however I think that the demise of driving and the Age of Automation . As not having to drive your self to work or on holidays and having a vehicle do this for you will be a pretty cool thing to see . Automation is already occur somewhat as who would have considered paying your bills online or speaking with a virtual person in a chat room to solve a technical problem who would have thought?

Julia
3 years ago
Reply to  mark cole

Mark,
I agree that driverless cars will be an innovation that will have huge impacts. I think it will lessen the number of cars on the road, it might encourage ride sharing (?), but it will also need a really big re-think of how we do things at present. Michael McQueen brought up the issue of insurance of driverless cars – who’s at fault – but it will also change our relationship with car ownership – maintenance, space for parking, licenses, registration for a few.

Ariane
3 years ago

I think the world of automation will have the biggest impact because it will affect many jobs. This is good as repetitive work will be automated but it may happen at a speed that is so fast we don’t have time to retrain our population into other careers,

Denise
3 years ago
Reply to  Ariane

The future of work is indeed a concern. Young adults now have such a challenge finding work – and even a uni degree provides no guarantee of steady work. With the inevitable job losses that technology will continue to bring, young people will need to be able to ‘read’ the work-scape well otherwise they could be investing a lot of time and money gaining education and training that is of limited long-term use.

Michelle Tandy
3 years ago
Reply to  Ariane

Yes it will definitely impact the jobs of today. This is why we need to be able to predict the jobs of tomorrow and inspire young people to be the intelligence behind the A.I.!

Julie-Anne Williams
3 years ago

I think the World of Tiny will have a massive impact as it can be incorporated into the world or automation and the printable world.

ljiljana
3 years ago

This is just incredible the things that are already taking place, it looks like we live in science fiction movie. I believe that all five trends are already shaping our future, perhaps the Age of Automation is leading with the most impacts in many fields.

Ariane Warnant
3 years ago
Reply to  ljiljana

Yes I agree automation will be responsible for a huge shift in the types of jobs people will have.

Alison
3 years ago

I think the Printable World will have the biggest impact in the shortest time. I saw a “3D doll size print out” of one of the players on “8 of 10 Cats Watch Countdown” (this was an old series) recently. It was accurate and marvellous.
When 3D printers are in homes (like microwaves), we’ll be able to create a range of items we want at home from practical art to regularly used items. We cut out all stages of production, except design, possibly. This will make the greenies happy too (to some degree)- production having less impact on the environment. User friendly process should allow all ages to create. Perhaps the core input item used to make the models might need to be something “new” that can be recycled, as I don’t want to stress the sustainable tree growing industry and related issues.
The impact will hit the economy in industry restructure and initial job loss, legislation – patents, new industries for designers and new markets demanding products “in-home”, new markets 3D printers and input materials for 3D printers. The “pace of one off creation” (ie: creation replacing mass production) will be sped up and “customer-makers” will have more control over what they buy/create impacting the need for or reshaping advertising and marketing towards influencers/designers selling their patents.
Schools will have 3D printers also. Students will utilise the 3D printer as a tool to apply STEM skills, create, design, think imaginatively. Imagine writing a story or script with 3D characters and props easily and quickly created.

Millicent Gilbert
3 years ago
Reply to  Alison

Yes, i agree that the ‘printable world’ may have the biggest impact but this will be jeopardised by the raw material used for these creations – i.e.; currently plastics.

georgie
3 years ago

I can see all five macro trends shaping every area of our futures. It certainly makes me think of how as educators this will change not only the content that we teach but how we prepare our students for the not too distant future when these will be a reality. I think that the Age of Automation will have the most significant initial impact as it also has the potential to influences the other trends too.

Julie-Anne Williams
3 years ago
Reply to  georgie

Yes Georgie – how do we as educators adapt to ensure we keep our students minds open to accepting and adapting to the changes.

Ariane Warnant
3 years ago
Reply to  georgie

The way we teach could also be impacted by technology and AI. If there is a better way of teaching maths for example why can’t all students get access. Perhaps teachers will be more like facilitators and motivators utilising resources created and delivered by AI.

Anne-Marie Skelton
3 years ago
Reply to  georgie

I agree Georgie – there are many manufacturing processes fully automated requiring less employees – workers need to have a higher skill set to operate, program and troubleshoot. The workforce of the future will need to more highly educated and adaptable.

karalyn smith
3 years ago

This is just incredible, to think all of this will take place possibly in my life time, definitely in my children’s life time is fascinating.
The printable future of creating skin from a human for a skin graft is just incredible, the nano-technology that will help so many people suffering with disease and disorders is just out of this world.
I think all of these will clearly have a massive impact, but i LOVE the fact a robot can sense your having an off day and send a person to come and check on you or assist you – yes possibly a little creepy, possibly wonderful….. But it takes the human contact that the AI is sending. I love that the most, our priorities and lifestyles will change and clearly for the better in many aspects if not all, but we will still crave the human interaction.

Georgie
3 years ago
Reply to  karalyn smith

It is interesting that we are seeing the ability of a robot to sense emotions, I agree, possibly wonderful but also somewhat overwhelming at the same time.

Alison
3 years ago
Reply to  karalyn smith

Karalyn, good point, we’ll still crave human contact especially when we need medical support. I must agree that AI automation is remarkable in assisting in surgery making the “surgeons hands” extremely accurate. The skin grafts and cartilage being a 3D printable item, being a fabulous invention too!

Denise
3 years ago
Reply to  karalyn smith

And yet…I spent many hours recently – at the height of the Covid crisis in Australia – trying to get past a virtual assistant to organise a service from my Telco. Incredibly frustrating!!

Susan
3 years ago

The is a fascinating look into the world of tomorrow – much closer now with so much already in development and testing phases. Definitely the automation will have the most impact. All the other trends involve or depend on the progression of automation and AI. The nanobots for medical research will rely on AI to recognise cancer cells, etc. It wont be long before our 3D printers themselves connect online and locate the files they need after scanning an object you point your phone at. Each will drive the others. UberDrones will use facial recognition to pick up passengers and virtual cart to charge for your in-air snacks. Certainly a different world is evolving.

Julie-Anne Williams
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

I agree Susan – all the trends are interrelated – it’s almost a chicken and the egg situation.

Amber
3 years ago

Personally I was most ‘wow’ed by the automated cars/Uber Drones and how this will contribute to all facets of our lives in terms of travel, potential workplaces, multiple residences (why not live in Brisbane but work in Sydney, if you’re not going to have to drive yourself? Can the ‘drive’ down be a remote-working day, perhaps?).

The prospect of AI intelligence getting out of hand is very scary for many of us, and I don’t know what on earth can be done to curtail this given people are working in a renegade and hyperspeed fashion on this race to the top (to doom?). I can only comfort myself that my teaching job, ESL, is likely safe enough within my lifetime given the intricacies and delicacy required in teaching English with a human touch to refugees and migrants.

Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  Amber

I already travel interstate for work – it would be nice to travel while in sleep hours, or catch a movie on the road 🙂

karalyn smith
3 years ago
Reply to  Amber

I too travel for work 3-4hrs per day… at the moment I’m driving (covid), which is incredibly tiring. In the past travelling by train i have loved watching movies, reading or sleeping. Gosh i even completed two uni degrees during my travel time.
I do hope this technology allows for more human down time – rather than the fight to get more things done / the rat race we are currently in, I hope it allows us to start focusing on the people around us, our loved ones and creating more community.

mark cole
3 years ago
Reply to  karalyn smith

I agree Karalyn however imagine having driverless technology you could wok from your vechile while travelling between locations ,attend meetings ,catch a movie ,do a virtual tour ?

Jessica
3 years ago
Reply to  Amber

Yes, this notion of driverless cars has a lot more to it than I realised. The opportunity is endless as to what we will be able to do in terms of travel.

Alison
3 years ago
Reply to  Amber

Amber, I love the idea of automated cars too! Since Australia has stopped manufacturing cars I hope we’ll design and produce AI cars for Uber like hire. I see these future technology pathways as ways of strengthening the Aussie economy and making us an independent nation. We’re too reliant on other economies for basic goods at present.
Back to AI cars – as I get older, living in a country town (Railway Station has been abandoned) with neighbouring towns 30mins away, Sydney 3/5 hrs away and Canberra 2hrs away, I’d love to jump in an AI car and safely travel outside my town in retirement. Also Sydney siders could travel to the country easily in a day and stay in country towns for holidays, or as you say – live a long way from work and travel via AI to work easily. Move to the country – the COVID crisis has shown how pleasant it is to live on an acreage and shop in a town without the COVID.
Imagine school excursions in an AI bus!

mark cole
3 years ago
Reply to  Alison

Alison , An Australian company has just announced to build electric cars and possible AI cars in the future .This technology is embracing where we have to go into clean reliable cars . it would also be great to have driverless vehicles to travel .pla

Meg Stratti
3 years ago

I can see the massive changes that all 5 of these trends will have on our world. When looking at it from a perspective of how it will affect the tasks I complete in my daily life, I think it the Age of Automation that will have the most impact, followed by the Printable World. I can visualise my pantry and fridge automatically ordering groceries as I use them. I can also see that it may reduce the worry of having elderly parents in their own home, as their well-being can be monitored by their phones and other devices (not creepy at all lol). I am also looking forward to the more vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society being able to have access to medical specialists and procedures through remote surgery and consultations. A big win.

Georgie
3 years ago
Reply to  Meg Stratti

I agree, the ability to reduce worry, particularly for elderly parents or isolated individuals and increased access to care for those that are disadvantaged is a very good point.

Gaye Wilson
3 years ago

WOW you sense the immensity of the change that has been and that is coming! I think the age of automation will impact on our daily lives. We see it now and once we’ve moved from Artificial Narrow Intelligence to general and then super our lives we be very different from what they are today. When I think about the progress over the last 100 years, that will be nothing compared to what will happen over the next 20 or 30 years!

Amber
3 years ago
Reply to  Gaye Wilson

I agree Gaye. Scary, don’t you think, the rapidity with which technology now travels? I can barely keep up myself and I’m in my 30s!

Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  Gaye Wilson

yes, we cant really even imagine the future. In less than 20 years my grandchildren are experiencing a massively different world to my own children. What is scary is that the darker underworld to all this seems to be operating at a much faster pace.

Sylvia Haber-Farrugia
3 years ago
Reply to  Gaye Wilson

This technology is quite scary, things are certainly changing quite rapidly. I worry about the being able to keep up with all the technological changes and the inpact if will have on future generations.

Helen Swain
3 years ago

The Triumph of the Tiny will have the biggest impact, I think. 1.medicine/health where there will be diseases/conditions/illnesses treated/cured. 2. Agriculture, viticulture to improve yields and manage disease in crops and livestock 3. Construction/Engineering 4. Retail 5. Link with the Printable World – print your own nano medical treatment.

Gaye Wilson
3 years ago
Reply to  Helen Swain

Hi Helen, you can see how its application can be so widespread! microbots in the blood stream seems freaky now but will be so common place.

Aimee
3 years ago

I think the Age of Automation will be the biggest game changer! We have robots being able to do unbelievable things alread and they are only at the first level, artificial narrow intelligence. Its mind blowing thinking this is basic yet there are two more levels.
The medical field will benefit from this. As it does already, with a lesser recovery time, less invasive procedures…and the motes that Michael was explaining and what they do already.
Its just amazing but also a little scary

karalyn smith
3 years ago
Reply to  Aimee

Completely agree Aimee – its exciting and a little overwhelming at the same time. I’m curious to see the impact it will have on us ‘the humans’ will we become people of leisure? will our robots work for us? its so fascinating!

ljiljana
3 years ago
Reply to  Aimee

Yes Aimee I agree the Age of Automation seems to be the driving force for tomorrow’s future!

Mario Roche
3 years ago

Certainly I believe all five trends will shape our future and they are all have a place moving forward. To me currently it is The age of automation that is making the biggest impact in our lives. Artificial intelligence has become the norm and is so influential in our lives without our knowledge. The medical field is going to benefit in a huge way. Already Robots performing precision surgery, which are non invasive and forms of testing have been a boon to the medical field. Mini capsule cameras and micro dust are already being used as we speak

Jessica
3 years ago
Reply to  Mario Roche

yes, artificial intelligence has definitely become the norm to us. we do not even think about the implications we just partake in it willingly. it is a little daunting to realise that A. I. will be more intelligent than humans at one stage.

Barb
3 years ago

Wow! All the macro trends give me a bit of a head spin. The demise of driving has a big impact. There are a lot of positive outcomes, however think about the introduced risks – just of the top of my head, the extra airspace activity that has to be managed, the risk of technology going wrong and potential accidents, the risk of the technology being used for wrong-doing. This side of the technology needs to be thought about too.

Aimee
3 years ago
Reply to  Barb

Barb,
I would have to agree with you on this! Its mind blowing. Its crazy when you think about how fast technology has moved over the last 20 od years! I have alot of concerns with all of the macro trends….like you say there are huge risks of accidents, wrong doings, etc!

Joseph Roche
3 years ago

I believe the biggest impact would be the triumph of the tiny, imagine what this would mean in the field of medicine and the cure of of present day incurable sickness, i would also love to see the use of micro dust (motes) to be added in diets of people suffering from deadly allergies and also in diabetes management

Helen Swain
3 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Roche

Yes, I see this as having a significant impact on the world in a range of areas apart from the medical world.

Liz Hostettler
3 years ago

I am leaning toward “The demise of driving” I think this will impact many careers. It will replace some jobs and influence an increased expectation of productivity in others. Imagine being able to email, conduct meetings, delivering online lessons and more…. from your drone or car.

I am not sure about printable food and its nutritional value…… But I think the idea of printable materials for surgeries and construction will take off.

Barb
3 years ago
Reply to  Liz Hostettler

I agree Liz.

Mark Coleman
3 years ago
Reply to  Liz Hostettler

It does make one wonder!

Anne-Marie Skelton
3 years ago
Reply to  Liz Hostettler

Yes the idea of printable food seems completely wrong – if our world becomes more automated then surely making our own food is still a pleasure that we have more time to do! 3D printing is very useful.

Giulia
3 years ago

I anticipate that the trend that will have the biggest impact and long lasting impact will be the “Age of Automation”. There has been significant progress in this field in the past few decades take for example the Humaniod type robots, I remember reading that one scientist created one that is just like him. The first two levels of AI narrow and general intelligence are pretty much in society and we didn’t really get a choice. I am would be more cautious about the artificial super intelligence and it’s possibilities.

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