What will the future bring?

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”
— George Burns

I’ve always fancied being a futurologist; I loved watching Tomorrow’s World as a child.

I thought about the attitudes of the next generation a couple of years ago now, a few months before my daughter was born.

I can’t help but wonder what my daughter will do for a living; my job didn’t exist when I was two. The traditional “safe” professions may well be transformed in the next couple of decades. IBM’s Watson is being trained to assist lawyers and doctors. Plenty of people have started to speculate about jobs of the future. Personally I think that materials science and the field of genetics will continue to grow in importance.

I’m also wondering if she’ll need to learn to drive or if we’ll have a network of autonomous self-driving cars by then.

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