THE GAME-CHANGING FUTURE OF WORK AND JOBS
Disruptions from technological innovations will change work in the following ways:
*Jobs of the future will exist in the innovation ecosystem. People will have to learn how to create knowledge value or how to manage smart machines, digital businesses, or mobile services.
*New careers will be in Big Data analytics, 3D printing, virtual media, biotechnology, and robotics. Potential future job titles may include predictive commerce manager, virtual entertainment producer, and 3D organ printer.
*Forces that will shape the job market include rising international gross domestic products (GDPs), a growing middle class, and the new business building blocks of bits, atoms, and genes.
*There will be a new work ethic that revolves around making a difference in the world, being a lifelong student, and embracing entrepreneurialism.
*Unless they are specifically engineered to enable human employment, robots will eventually take people’s jobs.
THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
Over the next 10 years, medicine will shift in focus from disease to prevention. This will be facilitated largely by Big Data science, which combines supercomputers, smart networks, and personal genomic data to predict people’s illnesses and determine the appropriate treatment. Further medical advancements will include the regeneration of body parts thanks to affordable 3D bio-printing, regenerative medicines that tap into the existing capabilities of animals like salamanders and starfish, and stem cells, which have the ability to rejuvenate diseased cells into healthy ones.
Ultimately, the future of medicine will increase the longevity and quality of human life. Treatments will improve thanks to both robotic surgeons, who can operate with better precision at molecular levels, and digital health innovations capable of performing diagnoses and treatments in real time through cloud computing. Additionally, there will be a rise in medical entrepreneurs who create apps, tools, and sensors for more efficient self-care.
To prepare today’s students to work in the future, the following elements of education must be reinvented:
*Skills. Future Smart students must learn to speak foreign languages, problem solve, devise digital business strategies, understand globalization, code, and collaborate with diverse teams.
*Curriculum. Future Smart schools must teach classes on game changers and how to produce them, the laws and concepts of science, managing change, twenty-first century leadership, how to innovate, the global connected future, and digital design.
*Tools. Instead of outdated textbooks, education tools will need to include simulations, mobile platforms to learn anywhere, and teacher avatars. The gamification of education will engage students further.
*Teachers. Teachers must take a more curious, collaborative approach to education and aim to prepare students for the new future by coaching creativity, enabling bold ideas, and facilitating whole-systems thinking.