What we now know as the projector, was originally called a magic lantern
The train - an iron horse
A fridge - an ice box
The car - a horseless carriage
Currently we have something called a mobile phone. The language "mobile phone" is as much use to describe its future as "horseless carriage" was to describe the future of the car
A recent report has estimated that 47% of jobs that exist today won't exist in 20 years time. So, how do we prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist? We need to ensure that they have instilled in them a love of constant learning and adapting to change
There are 6 drivers for the huge changes we are going to see over the next 20 years:
Asymmetric population growth. The population will rise in sub-saharan Africa, in SE Asia, and in other parts of the developing world. In 20 years time 50% more people will need fresh water, food and energy. Can we find it on this planet? Big technology driver.
Continuing climate change
Energy. We will need cleaner energy supplies at a time when demand is rising
Continuing modern globalisation. When done ethically and sustainably, this is the greatest force for good. Brings a future to the poorest people. Offers opportunity for growth and development.
Medical revolutions in:
Stem cell treatments
Will mean that we will all live longer
Accelerating and exponential technology development
He then gave a scenario about what the world might be like in 30 years - where an implant called Maria is behind his left ear.....
Great talk, and an appropriate end to what has been an excellent two days. I think the format - a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops, panel discussions and expert speakers worked well. And the slightly wacky festival atmosphere was very appealing.
There was a groovy booth where you could have photos taken
a digital dream wall, where some great artists illustrated our suggestions on the future of education
and some of us got to take the table decorations home from the Digifeast!