Why we must prepare for the rise of the machines

With ubiquitous information the need to memorize and retain information will be massively reduced and the practice might actually become a disadvantage. This is because information tends to evolve and what we believe one day may no longer be true the next. The information in our heads won’t change, but what is online will. This does suggest that if we don’t solve the problems associated with “fake news” by 2030 we really could be screwed.

Keep an open mind

After listening to the panel it is clear we should be modeling the future far more than we are. We clearly aren’t preparing either kids or our aging population for the future. Folks in the middle of their life now could be screwed because they will be the older generation we spoke of when technology progresses to autonomous robotics (including cars and planes), AIs, and the likely emergence of more invasive human machine interfaces.  

Best advice is to keep your eyes and ears open, don’t lock down on any particular view so hard you don’t remain open to the possibility you are wrong or out of date, and be willing to consider retraining early.

And I’d really consider passing this on to your kids along with a little history on what came before in case one of them gets stranded and has to use a wired phone, a car with a driver (and understands that the guy offering them a ride from the airport isn’t the same as Uber), and that there sometimes isn’t an app for that (and who to call if they need help).

Rob Enderle is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group.