Three trends will occupy our lives for the next thirty years.
They are: the age of living in safety; the age of living a lot longer; and the age of changing work and pay.
– THE AGE OF SAFETY:
No one can agree on what is causing climate change, but everyone can agree that we must radically overhaul our infrastructure. Even Europe, with its modern infrastructure agrees it needs more.
A criteria will be set for each kind of infrastructure to meet the demands for the severest of climate change in a given region.
For example, San Diego County in California has installed a desalination plant at the cost of $1 billion, which supplies one third of the county’s drinking water. In other words, one third of the population is drinking properly treated ocean water. Why? Fresh water shortages are becoming a problem today, and will continue as temperatures rise.
– THE AGE OF LIVING LONGER
When on Sixty Minutes we saw that the greatest polo horses alive were clones, we were shocked to our senses. We realize that one way or another we can live a lot longer and a lot better. And by longer, I’m not talking twenty to fifty years longer, I’m talking far, far beyond that.
The keys to this are genetics, cloning, and constant monitoring.
With genetics we face the possibility of eradicating most diseases before they develop. Gene editing replaces bad genes with healthy ones. These therapies are administered by creams, gels, pills, injections, skin grafts, or ex-vivo means.
With cloning, body parts are reproduced after serious injuries have occurred. And if needed, cloning allows a duplicate of yourself should unexpected death occur.
Monitoring all vital signs takes place continuously through easy to wear technical devices. Notwithstanding the miracles of medicine, random mishaps occur. Constant monitoring cuts down on that possibility significantly.
– THE AGE OF CHANGING HOW WE WORK AND ARE PAID
Isn’t it time we face the fact that work has changed? Who really works eight hours a day? No one. And if we do, robots could probably do it.
So, what’s the answer?
Populations will start to shrink. If humans are no longer needed, they will cease to be produced at the rate they are presently.
Education will become more pragmatic. Schools campuses will be business campuses. Students will audition for jobs while learning. If they qualify and there is a need, they will be hired. If not, they continue learning, preparing, and auditioning.
When their job goes away, they return to the campus to continue their learning and auditioning.
There will be about 10% campus life, 70% online learning, and 20% audition time.
This process starts as early as the student wants to audition.
Students’ salaries and benefits will come through educational portals. As long as they are learning and auditioning, they will be compensated.
All courses will be open to all and will be customized to a student’s ability and readiness. For example, no student will be denied admission to a calculus class. Readiness and ability will drive the strategy causing customized curriculum to be automatically created.
As long as humans want to exist, they will. With many long term changes confronting us, we will see humans’ remarkable ability to adjust and flourish, no matter what the challenges may be.
So the message we should be giving to our children and grandchildren is, be not afraid of the future. LIVE BIG.