Content & Marketing Executive at This is Milk
Pick any 10 people and ask them how much they think our lives will change in the next 10 years.
There has never been a period in time, when so much, so quickly has had such an enormous change in human behaviour. So what is next, and if all this change seems too much, what's staying the same?
It's fair to say, that the next ten years could bring about some fairly radical shifts in digital currency, that could impact traditional currency where it hurts most, in our pockets.
"In 2016, you‘ll have a hard time finding a major bank, a big accounting firm, a prominent software company or a government that did not research cryptocurrencies, publish a paper about it or start a so-called blockchain-project."
Never loose sight of what you value the most, and in your career seek value in yourself and those around you.
Change: AI (Artificial Intelligence)
It is practically impossible to visit a friend these days, without them trying to show off by saying "Hey Alexa, play Beyonce" (other genres of music are available). It's is so readily available, so simple to set up and overwhelmingly welcomed in our homes, unlike the abundance of chat bots that plague our social media channels and online help chats.
With every year that passes, AI will grow and adapt. It is a dead cert to continue and Hollywood will pat itself on the back for creating the documentary Terminator. So strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
Same: Human Relationships
In business, a handshake and a face to face is still far more powerful than any other form of communication.
It’s clear to see that as a species we have evolved to welcome technology into our DNA, and at times it can be hard to distinguish between reality and pretend humanity. However on the inside, everything that has changed has simply altered the rules in which we make human connections. Our need to connect, is a strong as ever and is in no way ready to change.
We are still a social group, we thrive in communities, it's just that our communities are now much larger.
Change: Gig Economy/ Companies as Communities
"A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements."
Running a business is nothing new. Britain is actually a nation of small business owners, however there has never been a time when such a symbol of street credibility has been assigned to being an Entrepreneur.
"In 2017 76% of businesses did not employ anyone aside from the owner(s)."
So as companies shift to more flexible working and office premises become a thing of the past, the rise of the Entrepreneur will continue.
Change: Personal Data
Think of the absolute atrocity of using a pin code to log into your phone, it just takes so SO long. So we readily and willingly hand over our fingerprints to speed up the process. 'Alexa' listens to every word we have to say, google tracks our geographical movements as well as our digital ones, and then we get surprised when Apple advertises a product to us for a shop that you walked past a few days earlier thinking about the new iPhone.
It's all fine when we feel we are getting the better deal, like better security and increased speed.
Computers are smart and getting smarter, it is estimated that there will be 642,000 CCTV cameras in London alone by 2020. So I'm afraid to say that you are being tracked whether you like it or not, and this will only increase with time. Sorry.
Same: Fear around the use of personal data
The fact of the matter is, deep down we don't like giving up our data. We enjoy the privacy, and the thought that if needed we could drop off the grid. Everyday, we are now thinking about how our data is being used which can only be a good thing. Knowledge is power on both sides.
There is no stopping Data Analytics as a subject matter, but we are making strides to stay somewhat in control, where we can. Even if that means deleting our Facebook accounts, we will take the small win.
Video is everywhere, with subject matter experts volunteering there wisdom to the masses. If you need to know something, then the answer is there for you to take.
Education has extended out passed the traditional ages of 5 – 22 years old. We are learning for life, returning to education years further down the road. Following our dreams after retirement. The boundaries have shifted and anything seems possible.
Our children are watching channels on Youtube, understanding that by being yourself and posting content you can have a very successful career. We are jumping back to Entrepreneurship here, but the power and knowledge to succeed is open to nearly everyone on the planet. With barriers falling every single day.
It's fair to say that it's a massively exciting time to be alive! If you are willing to look for the knowledge, then your dreams are within reaching distance.
You are told to read this information, remember this information, recall this information, pass the test. This mentality has worked (so we are told) for many years and it see's no sign of slowing down in mainstream education.
We simply cannot keep up with the rate of change in which our world is moving. We recognise the change, we understand it, create a solution to train for it, campaign for inclusion in school syllabus, sample test in schools, review, roll out by which time everything has changed again. You only have to look at the ever changing grading systems to see evidence of this.
Our education system continues to fail the students that do not learn best in conventional means, and please do not get us started about the exclusion of the creative subjects in schools. Without creativity, all progress stops!
No matter what changes in life, no matter the scientific discoveries that are made, mainstream education will always fall behind. Period!
If one thing is sure about the next ten years...