The growing penetration of new emerging technologies in our lives demands the need to "equip" with new skills, more up to date in the world we live in, which we should have to excel in using technology and its integration into the everyday landscape.
The connectivity of objects in the physical world integrated into our lives with the industrial era 4.0 reflects an important trend with lasting effects on our lives, particularly society. In addition, increased computing power, advanced data analysis and the development of artificial intelligence (AI) are beginning to change the way we think fundamentally, live our lives, relate to others, learn and work.
Using sensors and other internet-connected devices to track and control everyday physical objects opens up completely new ways for people to transform the world and create more global prosperity. The explosive growth of connected things has changed the global paradigm. Moreover, the rapid decline in prices for typical digital components now allows innovators to create new and new models while introducing highly reliable features to the objects and equipment we use at home, at work and in society.
The functional aspect of the technology of the digital age is to unite every object in the physical world under a common infrastructure so that people can control them and, at the same time, update them periodically and promptly. With more and more devices connected to the internet - from home appliances to electric cars and wind turbines - soon any individual will not only have to learn to use them to simplify their lives but will be ultra-necessary to understand. and how they can affect their well-being.
The appearance of more sophisticated technology determines the arrival of new occupations and the disappearance of old trades. On a more or less humorous note, I can imagine that very soon, and we could have professions such as drone supervisor, virtual identity defender, DJ of emotions by colour, data detective, Sherlock SEO, media ecologist, author of emotions, brand steward, crypto broker, robot tamer, data fortune teller, robot mechanic, virtual architect, etc. And for all this, we need other skills correlated with our passions but also with our talents, if possible.
Adults are as confused as young people when it comes to what our lives will look like starting with 2025, with the entry into the industrial era 5.0. The rapid adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) - which include data systems, interconnected teams working remotely and leaders who have adopted and promote the use of technology - foreshadows the context for creating new levels of simplification of life, high work efficiency, increased productivity and healthy competition between ecosystems and no competition between individuals or single teams/companies.
We are in the midst of an unprecedented industrial revolution that has begun to change the way we live fundamentally, work and relate to each other. In terms of its magnitude, context, and complexity, the transformation will differ from anything humankind has experienced so far. We do not yet know how it will unfold. Still, we know for sure that inter-generational collaboration, multidisciplinary teams, effective communication, individual leadership and a focus on expected results are needed.
Understanding how change might work can help individuals and society prepare for a future that promises to improve living standards and increase the quality of life.
Thus, we are entitled to ask ourselves: How can we prepare for this future to manage advanced technologies and manage robots, at home, at work, in society? What are the skills that will become "mandatory" for our lives in just five years? How can today's people prepare for tomorrow? What could we start with? What training methods and educational programs will facilitate the rapid development of these skills for both young people and especially their trainers?