One of my colleagues today was telling me about a coding class that her 11-year old son was attending.
Her son had ‘already coded a basic golf game’ and was not only learning a basic programming language, but also the skills associated with fundamental digital literacy: logic, basic analysis, trouble shooting and problem solving.
If the next generation of kids are growing up as digital natives, will older generations be at a disadvantage without these skills? Should we rush off and do a coding class?
While improvements to technology and innovation are often considered to improve the well-being of all people, sometimes technology can also increase inequality – this point is articulated much better in the following quote from Melinda and Bill Gates’ commencement address at Stanford in 2014:
“By the 1990s, we saw how profoundly personal computers could empower people. But that success created a new dilemma: If rich kids got computers and poor kids didn’t, then technology would make inequality worse. That ran counter to our core belief: Technology should benefit everybody.”
There is a lot of forecasting and research to guess what the ‘future of work’ might look like – I’m going to delve into this research a bit more.
Green stuff for dinner (garlic, bok choy, rice, water, chilli, soy sauce)