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References To Education – What Are The Future Concepts?
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References to Education – What Are the Future Concepts?

A reflection on time passed.

An early morning cup of tea had me reflecting on future concepts, with reference to education; the future use of iPad, vehicles; the hybrids, even the development for hybrid aircraft. How the world's technology has changed in my short history, what has the future in store for my Grandchildren?

I reflected on the changes my Grand parents had seen, cars; model T's to Thunderbird s. Aeroplanes; the first flight to jets. Films; silent to i Max. Ships; wind-driven to nuclear powered. Banking; from personal interaction, to cheques. As well as the discovery and development of TV, computers, electric street lights, telephones, and so many more items.

What had I seen? Computers; constructed in climate controlled rooms, to the small hand-held models. TV; small black and white sets that needed time to warm up, to home theatre systems that fill lounge rooms. Calculators; needing a desk to stand on, to almost obsolete. Telephones; wall mounted models connected by party lines, to cellphones that can call a number by voice activation. Cellphones; brick size, to miniature. Cameras; film to digital. Development of the video, cine cameras a thing of the past. Family films of remembrance on video tape obsolete, DVD developed, giving way to blue ray. Video conferencing across the world, internet information available to all at the push of a button. Banking; from savings books, to cards, even instant payments via computer to vendors overseas.

When my mind thought of mid calf dresses progressing to the mini, and swimming costumes from full length with frills, to G stringed bikinis, it was time to stop. Will technology progress such that my own Grand children will wonder how we coped without the future development they'll see? Will social gatherings become talking to each other on screens? Will virtual reality develop pets not requiring feeding? The same with sport, a game of tennis with your neighbours be played in your house without physically seeing each other?

Shopping at the corner store, greeting and chatting with the proprietor be replaced with an order via the internet? So many questions with no answers, who can predict the future developments not yet thought of, certainly not I, understanding the present speed of change is difficult enough. The past increased technological development, blamed by some as the cause of the last world war, seen also, as the reason for the high mortality rate, in that war. Is this a sign of the future, or has humanity learnt to control the political wants of governments. Will the technological developments lead to such competition as to cause a war, or rather to make sure that future conflicts on a world-wide basis, avoided.

The future of education, I see, as the creators of peace ambassadors, if the iPad is to improve education, let it be developed, as well as any future aid to improve information. Cell phones, computers, internet all educational tools unavailable to the war mongers of the past, may they now develop and aid in creating the peace of the future. The ability to instantly communicate across the world, let future developments rather be used for friendship than war. Microchips for weapons, need redirecting towards medical research, and spy planes and their technical cameras rather used to combat world famine and starvation. Monies used for weapon development, redirected to more peaceful uses.

May my grandchildren in the future, still communicate personally, with the owner, of the corner shop store.


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AJ  

Love, love, love this Rob! I'm way behind on your articles...a little catching up this week. But, it truly is amazing to see technology change. My husband and I have the hardest time explaining to our kids that when we were kids, we didn't get to watch a specific cartoon anytime we wished. It was only on at a certain time on a certain day and if you missed it, you waited a WEEK to watch it again! My kids are antsy if it takes me 5 minutes to find the show "on demand". My how times change. I'm with Joan, I often wish for times of less technology for the simple things in life. But then I can teach my kids so so much with all the info on the internet. It's a trade off.

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  about 8 years ago

Yes AJ to watch the small kids mastering computers before attending school can hardly be equated to let me be diplomatic and say my time. I was at a Braai the other night with people my age and we discussed the very subject. Not one of us could remember how to use a slide rule yet we all had them for school. Log books etc talking of times past made us realise how blessed the kids of today really are.

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  about 8 years ago

Goof info!

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks Bud.

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  about 8 years ago

Oh and excuse me jumping in there Rob.... forgot my place!

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  about 8 years ago

Your welcome Heather, switch my computer off for a couple of hours and you keep things going for me, thanks.

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  about 8 years ago
Joan S  

Whoops, I wanted to give you a link, and it wasn't permitted. Check out a YouTube video called "A Day Made from Glass...Made Possible by Corning". It's all happening so fast. Just a short time ago, when I went into the city on a business trip, I looked for a public phone to call home. People didn't have cell phones, or few had them. Now, if you don't own one, you're sunk. Feeling a little nostalgic for the old days. Wonderful article, btw.

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  about 8 years ago

I heard a story recently Joan about a young man who lost his phone and had to contact home. He found a pay phone but was confused how to use it. He said it gave him an appreciation for older people who struggle to make sense or keep up with technology. Saw the link you mentioned. Amazing stuff.

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  about 8 years ago
Joan S  

It would have seemed like science fiction a few years ago. It's so funny to me that the young man had trouble with the pay phone. Ohhhhh, I am so old.

  
  about 8 years ago

When last did you see a pay phone, went to use one myself only to discover you now need some type of credit card to use certain types.

  
  about 8 years ago

Thanks Joan, I never wanted a cell phone when they first made their appearance here, the wife forced me, now without it I feel half dressed.

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  about 8 years ago
Joan S  

Haven't noticed any pay phones lately. Do hotels still have them? How much to make a local call? Different in S Africa.

  
  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

So amazaing to read what you've written about all the things that have changed and developed in such a short time, wow. Really liked yr comment on the use of technology for education and peace ambassadors. They're all just tools which can be used in a way that we collectively choose :)

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  about 8 years ago

So true C4rmen, if Governments would change the direction of techno to saving lives, rather than potential takers of life, would things not be better for the human race?

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  about 8 years ago

Amazing stuff even in my short lifetime! Makes you wonder at the possibilities. When I was a little girl I remember my mother's uncle (a world wise business man) sitting at our kitchen table and telling my parents that money would become obsolete. Instead we would all use plastic cards. My parents were incredulous. How could this ever come about?! How quickly we take things for granted.

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  about 8 years ago

Heather it is quite scary when we think a new cell phone becomes almost obsolete within a 3 month period superseded by a new model. When I purchased my camera direct from USA I had one of the first in the country, within 3 months, they where full up and I noticed the price was dropping. On inquiry, informed the new model was going to be in the shops next month. On its arrival in RSA an internet searched showed the following model would be available in the USA within a month. It took 6 months for mine to be a cheap second hand model available on many sites. Frightening how progress is accelerating.

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  about 8 years ago

So true. For many years I've told my husband to just wait a year when he wanted the newest expensive gadget. Seems it's speeding up! This is why women are so great.... the newer models look good but seldom meet the functionality and comfort of the old model you've had for years!

  
  about 8 years ago

I like your last statement!!!!

  
  about 8 years ago
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