Meet your future leaders • Changes of Tomorrow

The most popular major in the class of 2018 in US colleges was biology. Computer science came in at 9th place with just a quarter of graduates compared to those of biology.

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Surprised? Don’t be. Biology gives you a wide range of career options, from nursing and medicine to nanotechnologist and zoologist. It’s based in science, math and an understanding of life itself.

Having options in 2018 seems like a good strategy when faced with uncertainty and change. This is especially true in the age of machine learning, ethics uprisings, autonomous robots, and lifelong learning careers.

Here are some of the questions and issues faced by the latest generation of graduates.

What's changing: Thursday, May 31st, 2018

  • The most exciting (and innovative?) mode of transportation for this generation? Bikes! (3 minute read)

  • Somebody had better solve the air-traffic-control problem so we can fly taxis and drones more safely. (7 minute read)

  • Voice is the new thumb. So many possibilities! (5 minute read)

  • Success at work in the future will come down to cultivating excellent communication skills. It's a no-brainer that needs brains. (6 minute read)

  • Robots are the next big job industry. From robot-sitters to human/robot negotiators. (10 minute read)

  • Blockchain is exciting and full of possibilities. Just ask FedEx (2 minute read)

  • Hello World! This documentary series explores the impact of AI around the world, from New Zealand to the Mojave desert. (28 minutes per episode)

Mental Energizer

"Today ... new technologies can arrive on the scene and rapidly scale to millions of users in the course of months or even days.

The constant stream of new products this unleashes -- along with the ongoing optimisation of features within products already in use -- can result in a situation in which users are in a constant state of learning and adaptation to new interaction dynamics, familiar enough with their technologies to operate them, but never so fully in control that they can prevent the technologies from operating on them in unexpected or undesirable ways. This keeps us living on what I sometimes call a 'treadmill of incompetence'."

From Technology is driving us to distraction by James Williams in The Guardian (May 2018)

Food for thought

The Dunning Kruger effect

The more incompetent people are the less they are aware of their incompetence.

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This week's exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.