Looking into the past…
Scientists have always been concerned with predictions of future technology development. But such visions are usually proven to be inaccurate or incomplete, especially if they are related to distant future. Pioneers of Computing predicted in the 1940’s that America will, in the coming decades, require only 4-5 powerful computers. 30 years ago, even the greatest visionaries did not have enough imagination to recognize the importance of networking, to predict the emergence of the global Internet network, and to consider social and cultural consequences that will arise from it. For all these reasons, it is hard to expect that we can now predict what the information technology and computing professions will be like in 20-50 years.
Looking into the future…
We live in a cyber-world. Younger generations have completely new competencies, knowledge and skills – they live and communicate in a different way. Jobs that existed yesterday, no longer exist today; those that exist today, will no longer be needed tomorrow. Can we predict what the labor market will look like in 2020, 2060?
Neville Holmes, in his book ‘The Future of the Computing Profession’, stated that workers of the future can expect to change careers six to seven times in their lives. Those who ceases to learn and acquire new skills and knowledge, will very quickly become unemployed and isolated. Emphasis is on developing key competencies and skills for the future – technology and digital competence are mandatory.
Information systems and computing professions will play a very important role in the future, a role which combines all elements of business, optimizes them and coordinates, and takes advantage of the interactive features of the Internet. Business Process Reengineering employees will reorient the operational and repetitive tasks, which will be eliminated, modified or automated by application of information technology. More interesting, and challenging tasks will gain focus, such as interpreting information to identify business opportunities, improve customer service and maintain their loyalty. This means that Education and knowledge will be increasingly important factors in modern business, in the individual development, and society as a whole.
How will IT impact the society 50 years from now?
ICL predicted that in about 50 years, every person on the planet will have around a thousand computers, powerful microchips built into household appliances, clothing, and jewelry, or embedded in the human body. The body will be working with computers, and vice versa. The principle of “biofeedback” will open a whole range of new opportunities. Information will become king, and the network will be accessible from anywhere on the planet. There will probably be a whole set of new, modern languages, cloud hosted IDEs, advanced tools and various other technological advancements. Those advancements will change the working environments of computing professionals.
Furthermore, we can expect an increasing impact of the technology and its endeavor to replace humans. Gartner predicted that 10% of the current IT workforce in the U.S will be eliminated and replaced with digital workforce. Obviously as the old job-descriptions vanish, new ones will emerge, but the technology is progressing with such speed that even people closely related to the IT-industry have hard time following it.
This article was written by Ivana Zuber – Software Developer, writer, and owner of BloggLess.
As a constant learner and an MSc in Software Engineering student, Ivana is always aiming towards new ideas and greater knowledge. When she is not coding, reading, or writing for blogs, you can find her jogging outside, or ‘hanging around’ social media sites.