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Technological advancement:

What the Future Might Hold

María Guzmán, Sofia Arango

The world is constantly changing and it's hard to keep up. You know the drill, everyday technology seems to advance more and more. Young generations are wondering what the future may hold for them.

Do you remember what life was like before smartphones?

What about social media? Instagram or Snapchat?

By 2025, we’ll lose over five million jobs to automation. However, there will also be a vast array of new jobs available to university graduates - mostly related to knowledge creation and innovation.

While advancements in machinery and technology may combine to provide graduates with the tools to explore, experiment and find interesting solutions to complex problems, they will also open up a world of new career opportunities.” (Crimson Education, 2018).

In case you are wondering what future jobs are looking in regards to skills here is a basic list that will perfectly suit you:

  • Mental Elasticity and Complex Problem Solving

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creativity

  • People Skills

  • Interdisciplinary Knowledge

These skills are highly applied in the jobs that the future might hold. You might not know some of these, but with some investigation they will probably catch your eye and innovate your prior choices in order to expand horizons! But the real plot twist comes when people realize that these jobs already exist, but are just slightly altered:

  • Extinct species revivalist

Today’s zoologists could play a critical role in recreating species that have already become extinct by reintegrating the newly recreated species into the natural environments of their extinct predecessors.

  • Alternative Energy Consultant

It is a well known scientific fact that the earth’s population cannot survive on fossil fuel forever, so alternative energy sources are at the forefront of energy science and research. An Alternative Energy Consultant would be a universal expert on all alternative energy sources including solar, hydro, nuclear energy and more.

  • Organ/Body Part Creator

Every 12 minutes a new name gets added onto the already long waiting list for organ donors. New progress in stem cell research means 3D-printing could well be used to grow organs on demand.

It is important to keep tabs on all the recent changes! For your benefit, here we provide a list made by Forbes. These changes are recent and will continue expanding so it's important to be aware of them.

  1. “First, in an effort to reduce overhead, many businesses have relied on new digital platforms and automated technologies to bring about cost-saving efficiencies.

  2. Second, disruption in major industries by smaller, more agile startups are putting pressure on legacy businesses to adopt new technology and offerings. The flexibility of using these contingent workers (looking outside their traditional labor supply to external partners and contractors) has helped companies more quickly respond to market changes.

  3. Technology has reduced friction in working with distributed teams by enabling communication and collaboration to occur outside the traditional brick and mortar management structure.”

Experts from all over the world are catching up to this change, here are some of the best quotes about this.

New jobs supported by the right education

“In the very near future we won’t have the same jobs that we have today, but new jobs will be created. We must empower people with the right education and opportunities. I believe our greatest days are ahead of us, but this rests on embracing our most promising technologies — and shaping them — to lift people up and create opportunity at all levels."

Devin Wenig, President and CEO, eBay.

What we need to teach our children

“Cultivating digital intelligence grounded in human values is essential for our kids to become masters of technology instead of being mastered by it.”

“Without a national digital education programme, command of and access to technology will be distributed unevenly, exacerbating inequality and hindering socio-economic mobility.”

Yuhyun Park, Chair, infollutionZERO Foundation

Policy needs to catch up

“While there are deeply polarized views about how technology will impact employment, there is agreement that we are in a period of transition. Policy needs to catch up and facilitate this transition. We propose four areas of action: recognition of all work models and agile implementation of new regulations, updated social protection, adult learning and continuous re-skilling, and proactive employment services.”

Saadia Zahidi, Head of Education, Gender and Work and Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva

Disruption is nothing new

“The disruptive effects of innovation are nothing new: the farm worker, transported to the industrial factory in the latter half of the 18th century, would have experienced levels of devastation to their lives and society that make the present changes seem minor in comparison.”

Mark Dodgson, Director, Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland Business School and David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College.

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Vicky Martin
Vicky Martin
Feb 12, 2020

¡Very interesting!

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