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in the real world . Some psychologists are already curing phobia patients by immersing them in virtual fear experiences so that they can get used to and overcome their anxieties in the real world .
What about becoming a puppeteer , not in the old fashioned way , but by using the internet of things that ’ s just now beginning to connect up all our possessions , objects , devices and things so that together they can do new , creative and hopefully useful things .
In this new frontier fridges will talk to toasters , cars will talk to the road , wearable devices will talk to medical staff , but what else can you make them do ? What else can you think of ? Today this is a fledgling industry , but tomorrow and beyond it will the backbone of modern civilisation , we ’ ll wonder how we ever lived without it and we ’ re looking for pioneers today , to show us what we can do tomorrow .
Why not think big . Use your brain and the growing sciences of big data and artificial intelligence to solve humanities problems . These just emerging technologies have the ability to gather , sort and make sense of vast amounts of up to the millisecond relevant information and turn it into best scenario next steps .
We ’ re already using this embryonic technology in hospitals to assist Doctors with accurate patient diagnosis and prognosis and in financial markets to model future investments and possible returns . Satellites are constantly sending information to tractor robots and drones using artificial intelligence to tell them when to plant , when to water , and when to harvest . That ’ s what we ’ re doing with it now , but what will you do with it when you get your hands on it ?
Considered a career in aged care and health ? No perhaps not , but what about getting involved in building some of the Carer Assisted Robots that are springing up . Or how about innovating the existing exoskeleton that already allows nurses to put on a suit that gives them the super power of strength and the ability to effortlessly lift patients and move them around . Or why not build a humanoid carer robot that cares for patients 24 / 7 , or maybe you ’ d prefer to be involved in figuring out how we can live longer and healthier lives . the field of Gerontology is an absolute star career moving forward .
If Earth isn ’ t big enough for you , why not head into space with one of the many government and private space exploration firms ? The next few decades will see space travel , space tourism , space mining and planet colonisation come back in a big way and to turn it from science fiction into science fact and we ’ re going to need a whole lot of great minds inventing incredible things .
The trick to choosing a Future career is not necessarily in knowing its job title , nor in knowing everything about where you ’ re headed , because you can ’ t , that future world hasn ’ t been created yet . It is instead in knowing the direction that you want to head in , recognising that talent inside of you that ’ s bursting to get out and rather than trying to squeeze yourself into one career title for life , thinking of yourself as a Life Architect , constantly searching out opportunities in which to use your skills and talents so that you can imagine and build the things of your dreams and our future .
The next few decades will see space travel , space tourism , space mining and planet colonisation come back in a big way and to turn it from science fiction into science fact and we ’ re going to need a whole lot of great minds inventing incredible things .
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