Different world, a different worldview. Millennials have grown up in a time of rapid change, giving them a set of priorities and expectations sharply different from previous generations.
While we worry much about understanding Millennials, should we start thinking about their grandchildren?
For some reason, reading a World Economic Forum Report this morning made me think about grandchildren. Not because I have any. And not because I’m a Millennial. I’m Gen X, and even my prospect of grandchildren is futuristic. Still. I’m jealous. They may be in for a great ride.
In 2065, i.e. the hypothetical college-age of my grandchildren, if things follow the pattern–which they won’t—education industry will either cease to exist or be the foundation of the global economy.
By then, CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, and other C[the letter of the day here]Os will—most likely—be successfully replaced by AI systems skillfully maneuvering macro-, micro- and cross-cutting issues to guide Earth Inc. as a benevolent provider of inclusive prosperity for all.
The truth is even more exciting. With all the knowledge of today, we simply have no way to pinpoint how the world will look like in 50 years.
More than that. All the knowledge of today can only serve as a smoke screen for any semi-accurate vision of Earth’2065.
Should we despair then? Stop innovating? Stop having babies? Stop learning and stop working?
Or, will we be better off, if we open up to ideas that even the futurists haven’t thought of yet. And start thinking of education that "boldly goes where no man has gone before." What are your thoughts?
Our apparatniks will continue making
the usual squalid mess called History:
all we can pray for is that artists,
chefs and saints may still appear to blithe it.
W.H. Auden, Moon Landing
This post was triggered by September 2015 WEF Survey Report: Deep Shift, Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impacts. According to the underlying survey, some of the tipping points expected to occur by 2025 include:
- 30% of corporate audits performed by AI
- The first AI machine on a corporate board of directors
- Tax collected for the first time by a government via a blockchain
This post originally appeared on LinkedIn