Archive July 2014
Its sources are patents and current buzzing scientific journal literature and although this is a good start for what may be ahead, I questioned whether we would see many of them.
Their top 10 for 2025 included:
- Dementia Declines
- Solar Power Everywhere
- Type 1 Diabetes Prevention
- No more food shortage
- Simple Electric Flight
- Digitally connected
- No more plastic garbage
- More precise drugs
- DNA mapping normalised
- Teleportation tested
Although many of the above are very likely to occur including digital connection, no more plastic bags, DNA mapping, many others are less likely to be in wide or any use at all.
This is not because we can’t, but because we won’t. It will be either too expensive, the infrastructure to make it plausible will not yet be ready, or 2025 is just too early.
This list includes: no more food shortages – which I argue we could solve now id we just played nicer together; solar power everything – I’d love this to come true, but we have a current grid system based on non renewable fuels that represents 94% of all of our fuel usage that will not dismantle itself and be replaced within a decade and no list would be complete without teleportation – which even with the greatest of optimism I can’t see us beaming Scotty up anywhere near 2025.
I’d also bet that the true breakthrough technology of 2025 hasn’t even been heard of yet, nor maybe even thought of.
Have a listen now and then share what technology you think will dominate in 2025.
BEDS that can stop you from snoring, change temperature and sing you to slumber? Welcome to the future of sleep technology
Walk into your bedroom in a decade or two and you’ll be entering the ultimate tech zone. Tucked away in your pyjamas, sheets, mattress, lamp, curtains and walls will be technology that’s working constantly to ensure you get the best possible night’s sleep.
That’s the theory of Australian futurist Morris Miselowski, who says: “As we move towards becoming a ‘wellness society’, where we’ll be living longer with the help of technology, our beds and sleeping habits will evolve, too.”
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR OUR SLEEP
Miselowski is the author of The Future of Sleep, a research paper written in conjunction with bed manufacturer Sealy, in which he predicts that beds are about to undergo a fundamental change from passive to dynamic.
“Beds will know from a concert of information what’s going on inside us, and will change accordingly,” he explains. “They will become softer or firmer, provide ambient noise, adjust the temperature, they’ll even nudge us into a different position if we’re snoring.”
In a few decades this technology will all be invisible, hidden in clothing, furniture and the home itself, Miselowski believes. “There will be no blinking lights, it will be a pure space.”
This scenario is much closer than you might think. The increasing popularity of wearable tech devices, and particularly sleep gadgets, are a sign of how willing we are to let technology “orchestrate” the bedroom, Miselowski says.
Meanwhile, the technology for a dynamic bed is already here. In the US, brands of tech-beds boast mattresses with adjustable firmness and elevation, in-built massage functions and the ability to monitor your breathing, movement and heart rate. However, these features come at a big cost, with some designs retailing at about $8500.
We’re also moving closer to a centralised storage system for our personal health data, with Apple and Google announcing that their next-gen software will have a platform – HealthKit and Google Fit, respectively – at which health information can be stored and apps can share data.
It is based on having more time to relax and unwind, its speaks to the ability to be more efficient and focused on your 4 days of work and the possibility of hiring others to work on the other days.
Tim Brunero of ABC Local radio Alice Springs wanted to explore this notion and as we chatted I laid on him my belief that in the next few years the notion of a weekend, a standard 5 day week and 9-5 jobs would all become obsolete as we moved into a world that worked to project and task – getting things done as, where and when they need to be done, rather than trying to shoehorn it into an industrial revolution constructed work week, that required many people to come together at a set time and place to get stuff done, even if there wasn’t stuff to be done or it might have been better done elsewhere, or at an alternate time.
This issue of family life, weekends and holidays came up as possible issues and as I see it the ability to work where and when you want, with the proviso of course that work gets completed to specification and on time, allows families to choose together time that suit them all, to be able to come together for important events and school activities and to re-frame family back into the centre of activity,rather than something else that has to be juggled in a busy week.
“One size does not fit all” and this new work construct will not suit all industries, work-spaces or people, but this approach to work will be one of the many possible work permutations that we will be able to choose from in the very near future.
Have a listen to the segment now and then share your thoughts on tomorrow’s workplace.
Andy Gall @ ABC North West South Australia also phoned in for a chat on the topic:
and then Chris Adams of Brisbane’s 4BC gave me a call and he had a completely different set of questions and views on the 3 day weekend, have a listen to our chat:
Most of us would answer this question in the affirmative and would look for ways that we could maintain or achieve a sense of wellness and good health and this growing belief that we can and should live healthier lives is spurring on the health (r)evolution.
The March to Wellness was the topic for this weeks regular chat with David Dowsett of ABC Radio Wide Bay as we explored the cultural, political and technological reasons we are moving away from an era of waiting for our body to show symptoms of being unwell, to an era where our body provides real time information about our actual and future state of health and wellness.
In our chat we explored the future of medicine; a time in the very near future where Doctors would supplement their own wisdom with information gained from apps and devices you routinely carry with you, on you or in you and where the emphasis is on keeping you well, rather than getting you well.
Have a listen now.
With today’s students looking at a lifespan of 150 years, a work-span of 80 years and the reality of at least 6 careers and 14 jobs in this time, asking a child today what they want to be when they grow up is useless.
Today’s kids will be and do so many things and many of those “things” have not yet even been dreamed of.
So how do we prepare and educate our kids today, for tomorrow’s challenges?
This was the topic for my segment on Channel 9’s Weekend Today show yesterday, as we pondered #Education2050 .
We chatted about the Classroom of 2050, the reality of it being large, physical, digital, centralised and decentralised depending on topic and lesson, having a mulch-disciplinary approach to education, having multiple teachers and being loaded with ubiquitous technology monitoring and supporting the teacher and the student and how Robots would not be dominant players in tomorrow’s education scene and how teachers will always be central and imperative.
Given all of this future physical resourcing, how do we prepare our kids mentally for the challenges ahead and my take is the only way to do is to unshackle them from the need to always be right, the need to always get it right and quarantine them from absolute certainty and rigidity.
The future will abound with increasing uncertainty and the question of “Why not” will rise as we discover that we can innovate, can change and can evolve at rates previously not thought possible, but we can’t create and live in these new worlds with old world attitudes and learning.
We have to place less emphasis on the 3R”s (writing, arithmetic and reading) that served an industrial revolution education system so well and instead understand that our kids have to be capable of creating their jobs not just getting them and the only way to give them these skills is to imbue them with the 3C’s – Communication , Collaboration and Creative problem solving skills, which will serve them as a foundation from which to innovate, to engage with the world in all of its forms and places, to listen to the world and have the world listen to them and understand that the answers to today’s questions may not be in what they already know, but rather in what they may yet discover.
Watch the segment now and then let me know your thoughts on Education 2050.