Life in 2020

As part of a spe­cial mul­ti­me­dia project, Eric­s­son (the tele­com com­pa­ny) asked 20 thinkers to “share their view on the dri­vers of the future and how connectivity/broadband is chang­ing the world.” What will life be like in 2020? How will the world evolve? What habits and needs will peo­ple have? What kinds of tech­nolo­gies will they use to make life eas­i­er? New talks are being added to the col­lec­tion each week (find them all here), and above, we’re fea­tur­ing one such talk by Don Tap­scott, the author of Wiki­nomics and Grown Up Dig­i­tal. He sees the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers chang­ing the world, and for the bet­ter. They have grown up on the web. They think dif­fer­ent­ly because their brains are wired dif­fer­ent­ly. They’re smarter. And they’re ready to ini­ti­ate sweep­ing changes in the way we do things. It’s a rather hope­ful talk (a rar­i­ty these days). If you’re hav­ing prob­lems watch­ing the Tap­scott video, you can also watch it here.

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  • Howie says:

    Gosh I heard this about my gen­er­a­tion when the inter­net came into being and Clin­ton was just get­ting crank­ing. And some of this was com­plete fluff. You can’t not con­sid­er 60’s pro­test­ers or the civ­il rights move­ments as not vol­un­teer efforts. Or all those kids who signed up to fight WW2. And while the inter­net has changed us and how we live it has helped increase obe­si­ty! And last­ly since 1995 very few world class com­pa­nies have been spawned on the fact less than 10 out of the US. As for Net­roots I am see­ing as much spread­ing of lies and hate via the web and social media than any­thing I could sad­ly ever imag­ine. That being said I am opti­mistic because I am an opti­mist and I hope this cur­rent Gen of 30 to 50 years leaves the next Gen some­thing bet­ter than what the boomers have left me.

  • Don Lovell says:

    Tap­scott is sad­ly incor­rect in many of his pro­nounce­ments. We (USA) are not excelling aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, and there is ample data to sup­port it, unlike his pro­nounce­ment. SAT scores? They’re still with us because there’s a bil­lion dol­lar indus­try depen­dent on their con­tin­u­a­tion. It’s def­i­nite­ly not because they come any­where near rep­re­sent­ing a true mea­sure of knowl­edge or an equi­table appli­ca­tion from a per­spec­tive of diver­si­ty. Young peo­ple are not smarter, they sim­ply have dif­fer­ent infor­ma­tion. Col­leges full? There’s not exact­ly an abun­dance of oppor­tu­ni­ty right now. Cal­i­for­nia has a real unem­ploy­ment rate of more than 20%.

    Describ­ing change by using emp­ty plat­i­tudes is irre­spon­si­ble. Real change is flu­id and con­tin­u­ous and not has­tened by the effort of any one class of indi­vid­u­als or sys­tems. This is noth­ing more than a com­mer­cial for Tap­scot­t’s books.

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