Forecasting the future of technology is for dreamers who hope to innovate better tools — and for the mainstream people who hope to benefit from the new and improved.
Predictions in the World of Technology:
Futurists can dish out some exciting and downright scary visions for the future of machines and science that either enhance or replace activities and products near and dear to us.
Being beamed from one location to another by teleportation was supposed to be right around the corner/in our lifetime/just decades away, but it hasn’t become possible yet. Inventions like the VCR that were once high tech — and now aren’t — proved challenging for some: The VCR became obsolete before many of us learned how to program one. And who knew that working with atoms and molecules would become the future of technology? The futurists, of course.
Future Technology Trends that Gonna Rule the Planet:
There are many technologies that have already made their prominent mark in 2018 and are only a few more applications away from becoming mainstream. These emerging technologies are changing the way we work and interact with others. These technologies revolutionizing the way we do business and making high-tech approaches an integral part of our lives and also reshaping the career space.
Technology FUture Education:
Today, traditional colleges and universities face reduced funding, changing student demographics, questions regarding quality and value, and increased competition. Their success requires transformative change to enable new teaching and learning approaches.
Technology is changing the landscape of higher education. Educators are using everything from technology in the classroom, to massive open online courses (MOOCS), to flipped classrooms to find new ways to enhance access and the student experience.
As higher education rapidly evolves, Georgia Tech is at the cutting edge of the movement. Below, Georgia Tech weighs in about this evolving topic.
Technology and the Future of Design:
We sat down with technology thinker, practice educator and architect Phil Bernstein to talk about technology and the future of design.
DesignIntelligence: Leaders of firms, chief technology officers, and designers seem to be looking for the technology that will follow BIM. What do you think comes next?
Phil Bernstein: First, let’s contextualize BIM. BIM is a set of knowledge structures that will empower new uses of technology in designing, making, and using buildings.
This is not the time to fear technology.
Never before in the history of mankind has the impossible not just seemed possible but imminent. Flying humans, gene editing, mind reading, etc. From being considered impossible when we were growing up to being on the cusp of becoming a reality, technology has pushed the limits of what we can do and expect. While fear is a natural emotion amidst this technological change, this is not the time for it. It is time to go BIG while of-course making sure technology is used for good in an ethical and principled way.
Information Technology and the Future of Work:
With the economy in its best shape since before the 2008 financial crisis, a recent study from the University of British Columbia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology indicates that jobs in information technology — like computer software, big data, and cybersecurity — are providing Americans with long lasting financial stability. Published in August at the Journal of Monetary Economics, the study, “Structural Transformation and the Rise of Information Technology,” highlights the breadth of opportunity in IT jobs in the emerging economy.
The study indicates that when compared to other occupations, information technology jobs substantially outperform other occupations. The share of information technology jobs increased by an impressive 19.5 percent between 2004 and 2017, whereas less IT-intensive occupations grew by only 2.4 percent over the same period. Furthermore, the growth in IT jobs is more than eight times the growth rate than other jobs over the past decade.