Kids that were born in the late 80’s and into the early 90’s grew up in a world where the internet and personal computers have always existed.
As we look forward to future generations, what is the world of technology going to look like for those that are born in 2018 and beyond? What common rights of passage do we remember fondly that they will never experience?
Here is a list of things that kids today (commonly called the iGen) won’t experience because of how much technology has affected today’s society:
With the rise of technology and apps like Venmo, Cash App, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrencies, kids today won’t have to worry about carrying a money clip or cashing a paycheck. By the time kids of today are teenagers, cash will be a thing of the past.
Getting a driver’s license
If you were born in the 80’s, 90’s and even early 2000’s, teens anticipated turning 16 so they could get behind of the wheel of a car; but that feeling for this generation is soon to be obsolete. The arrival of self-driving cars will soon eliminate the need to obtain a driver’s license entirely.
Getting a weekend job
Much like getting a driver’s license, the trend of getting a weekend job is on its way out the door. Given another 18 years, automation will take away many of the entry-level service industry jobs that most teens have when they are in high school.
Being able to speak another language will only become more necessary as the melting pot comes closer together. Thankfully, technology is here to help us with the transition. Machine translation is on the rise and already more impressive than we could have predicted. Say goodbye to your French phrase book!
Staying in one place
Back in the day, people were not as keen on traveling, but with a new vision by Elon Musk, Intercity rockets could allow people to travel anywhere on the planet in less than one hour.
Dying before 100
With new drugs being invented every day and the new promise of 3D bioprinted organs, there are a multitude of ways that our lives will be extended by medical technology in the coming years. We can fully expect that kids born in 2018 will live significantly longer lives than previous generations.
Expectations of privacy
The end of privacy as we know it is coming. By 2036, smart cities will be able to analyze our every move, and the world as it is today will be referred to as the “good old days.”
Living in a world with poverty
By 2038, we could see the end of poverty as we know it. Thanks to technology, we are seeing fresh approaches to medical treatments that could wipe out diseases that are currently devastating a large part of the globe. In addition, online learning tools are allowing for greater levels of education that are being enjoyed by people around the world, regardless of their access to a classroom.
There are advancements in technology every day, especially when it comes to computers!
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