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Generations and technology adoption

Monday 06 August 2018

Imagine a primary school teacher with 30 years of experience under her belt. Computing lessons - the one class where her year two class of six or seven year old children are fully engaged and on task. Is this steadfast focus due to her outstanding teaching? On the contrary. These children with their eyes glued to their iPad screens are teaching her.

Did you know that the average six year old child understands more about digital technology than a 45 year old adult? Whether you like it or not digital technology is rapidly transforming the world around us and is guiding the lives of our children.

Artificial Intelligence is already starting to affect our work and daily lives. Virtual assistants, driverless transport and supermarket checkouts, being just a few examples. If this is today’s reality, what will the picture look like in ten to thirty years’ time? Are today’s generation of teachers and professors correctly equipped to ensure the success of our children?

The Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma knows that artificial intelligence will change the world. He urges the public to not be scared but to be prepared for a major disruption in the job market. "We have to teach our kids to be very, very innovative, very creative," he said. "In this way, we can create jobs for our own kids." Ma fears that the current education system is not properly preparing today's youth for tomorrow’s work.

PWC research stresses the importance of government intervention as a necessity to ensure that children can still thrive in their future jobs despite competing with machines and technology. There needs to be a revision of the UK’S primary-school curriculum in terms of both technical content and teaching methods.

The generation in which one is born in impacts hugely on their relationship, understanding and confidence in technology. Technology is a sector that is constantly growing, an art that the youth are teaching the adults. In order to conserve the success of humanity and their impact on the world technology adoption is crucial today in the light of tomorrow.

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