In 1996, nine-year old Christopher Janitz wrote a letter for school predicting the world in 2016. This is what he wrote:
“... The schools won’t be made from blocks of stone. They will be made from metal, and they will be in funny looking shapes. There will be robot policemen and cashiers and other kinds of people. There won’t be normal desks. The desks will be like a computer with weird kinds of pencils...”
Cue, today’s architectural wonders, robot police in Dubai, automated check-outs at your local supermarket and tablet computers... Eerily accurate isn’t it?
With this in mind, and off the back of our 21 Jobs of the Future study, we set out to interview some young thinkers on what jobs they imagine coming to fruition in the future. So, without further ado, please welcome Joseph Raj, Sarah Stephanie, and Sharon Jacob!
So let’s look at three of the roles that our future leaders see becoming more commonplace:
- Gaming technology scientists (Joseph): digital gaming is big business, really big business. The global digital gaming industry is currently worth $125.3 billion per annum. Compare that to the global film industry’s annual revenues of ~$49 billionand the scale suddenly becomes apparent! Today, we are experiencing an explosion of form factors in the way we, as consumers, play and interact with digital games. Think of Nintendo Wii and the rise of virtual reality (VR).
- Space guides (Sarah): space is the final frontier, well, at least according to William Shatner. But the reality is that many prominent thinkers and entrepreneurs (Elon Muskfor example) believe that other planets in our solar system (Mars is the likely candidate) will hold the secret for the human races future existence.
- Green architects (Sharon): our world is fast reaching an ecological tipping point. Fortunately, the majority of the first world has got the memo, and environmental sustainability is at the forefront of our leader's minds. Future infrastructure needs to have minimal impact on its surroundings and needs to be built in an environmentally friendly manner.
What is clear from these predictions is that our younger generation sees a future workforce that is defined by technology. We at the Center for the Future of Work wholeheartedly agree and we see a future where the human workforce is enhanced, and work is made more enjoyable through man and machine collaboration.
Time will only tell if these predictions come to fruition, but what is blatantly clear from the insights above is that we have a thoughtful and motivated group of thinkers coming through to lead the charge of industry 4.0.