My granddaughter has just done her first school assignment.
Like all the other children in her kindergarten class in her local state primary school she had to make a video about her family and upload it to a password protected website for all to share.
She is not quite five years old. And she’s using technology to communicate with others and express herself. It’s a 21st century show & tell.
I expect this little girl and her classmates probably didn’t think there was anything remarkable about that project. But it’s a significant example of how technology is becoming such an integral part of our lives.
Her cousin, my 11-year-old grandson, has his own You Tube channel where he regularly posts videos of his mates having fun doing “challenges” like kicking a soccer ball on a trampoline.
And at the upper end of the age spectrum (71), I have just completed a digital marketing course that included how to make and use videos to communicate on Linkedin.
Are we an unusual family in our adoption of technology? Or is this just one simple example of how far digital technology has infiltrated into the lives of many of us?
I’m betting it’s the latter.
If you are interested in where technology is going and how it’s going to affect all aspects our lives –including learning, work, and leisure, read “The Inevitable – Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape our Future” by futurist Kevin Kelly. This book makes a compelling case that the technological, communications, artificial intelligence and robotics changes underway now will inevitably lead to a vastly different society. And sooner than you think.
That's all from me now, until next time, Peter