Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.
The simplest form of technology is the development and use of basic tools. The prehistoric discovery of how to control fire and the later Neolithic Revolution increased the available sources of food and the invention of the wheel helped humans to travel in and control their environment.
We asked our 2020 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world. From printable organs to the “internet of everywhere”, here are their predictions for our near-term future.
New Innovation Technology Predictions In 2020
- The ‘humanized’ internet
- The end of the 19th-century grid
- The end of scarcity
- Fewer fancy phones, more fulfillment
- Cheaper, more widespread solar power
- Internet of things no longer about things
- New cures from the bacteria that live in the human body
- The beginning of the end for cancer
- Data-driven healthcare
- Printable organs
- The ‘internet of everywhere’
- Renewable will power mobile networks
- Learning on the job will never stop
- Wastewater is an asset, not a liability
By 2020 I predict that a new class of distributed systems powered by advances in our ability to use biotechnology to extract resources. Such as energy from waste and the dropping cost of industrial automation will begin to change our approach to managing water globally.