2050 = ?

For my primary research, I have decided to undertake an interview with my 8year old brother Joseph on his perspective of the future and technology.

Me(interviewer):Joseph, what do you visualise the world to be like by the year of 2050?

He answered straight away without a thought, ‘flying cars’. It was expected as he was a huge fan of  Harry Potter and always told me that he thought flying cars will exist in the future. It was interesting interviewing my little brother as the answers towards all my questions were simple and at the same time quite logical.

As i progressed with the interview with my brother and listened to more and more answers, I have began to realise that the world was gradually becoming more technologically advanced as well as dependant. He explained to me that majority of the class tasks were completed through the access of technology, such as the iPad, computer(mac) and applications like FaceTime/Skype. Below demonstrates a graph that visualises the most significant change by the year of 2050.

1a] Graph that demonstrates the most significant change by the year of 2050:

2050-technology

Source Image: http://www.futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/2050-2059.htm#.VjIEhItVs6g

Whereas, when I was 8 years old the education system was way less technology driven and more hands on. Through this you can perceive how the technology has rapidly advanced and impacted not only on us but also the lifestyle and learning style for the children. Families scarcely notice the impact and changes to their family structure through the advancement of technology. The associate professor of screen and media at Flinders University, Karen Vered states that the society should accept that this is how the younger generation now ‘communicate’.

According to the 2010 Kaiser Foundation study, it reveals that   elementary aged children use on average 7.5hours/day of entertainment technology.

After asking several kids around the age of 8, they all predicted the future to be like ‘futurama’ and technologically advanced(flying cars, telepathy etc). There was one interesting answer to the question that I have not once thought about and it was the idea of ‘no technical errors or crashing on the system’, as the technological devices nowadays still continue to fail and crash. How good would it be if our laptop or printers did not crash at the most crucial moments during finals? Joseph’s answer really had me thinking about several advancements that could be made in order to prevent these arising technological issues in the future.

I have really enjoyed interviewing my brother and found it some what interesting to hear the perspective of the future an d technology from a child. But at the end, the age did not really matter but in fact the thoughts were all quite equal to the adults as we all agreed that the technology will be super advanced by the year of 2050.


Reference List: 

Browne, R. 2014, ‘I screen, you screen: the rise of children using technology’, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 January, viewed 26 October 2015, <http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/i-screen-you-screen-the-rise-of-children-using-technology-20140102-307h4.html&gt;

Fox, Will. ‘2050 Demographics Projections | Prediction | Future | Technology | Timeline | Trend | 2050 Space Travel | 2050 Global Warming Timeline | 2050 Climate Change | Mars Future Missions 2050 | Future Rainfall Predictions Climate Change’. Futuretimeline.net. N.p., 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.

Rowan, Cris. ‘The Impact Of Technology On The Developing Child’. The Huffington Post. N.p., 2013. Web. 25 Oct. 2015.

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