What are they going to do?
When I was growing up the goal line was pretty clear. Go to school, get a diploma or degree, get a job, get married, buy a house, have some kids, retire. It was supposed to be a nice straight line. Mine got a little curvy around the getting married & having kids part, but it straightened back out. I don’t know what kind of Venn diagram my kids are going to have.
I can’t be the only one who looks around at housing prices & finds out that their barista has a masters degree & worries about their kids. On the one hand, Baby Boomers will retire & that will leave openings for my kids. On the other hand AI, robotics & technology as a whole are all moving so quickly it’s impossible to imagine where we will be in 20 years.
My kids are learning to code & spending a lot of time on maths. Not every child is possibly going to need to be using coding in the future, but it teaches problem-solving & critical thinking & hopefully those will be useful tools. We just don’t know what will be useful though. My wife says they need to go into gerontology or funeral services. Seeing as how my kids are 6 & 3, I’m not quite sure how they will feel about her pragmatism, but she has pinpointed a booming industry.
What about signage? Where will that industry be in 20 years? I don’t think it will exist in the same way it does now. Not even close to the difference between neon & LED. If we have flying cars, or autonomous cars & super high density in our cities, chances are people aren’t going to want signs as we know them. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, owns a patent for geo-locked virtual reality that I think is going to be the basis for future signage. With everyone walking with their faces in their phones now, in 20 years why not just pay programmers to build & update at will targeted ads to the consumers viewing them at any given moment?
The iPhone is only 11. Whatever will be, we are in for some interesting decades.