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Children Predict Robots in Your Future

Posted 28 Sep 2005 at 15:50 UTC by steve Share This

We regularly report the improbable predictions of professional "futurologists" but today we have predictions from a more accurate source. A new Guardian Unlimited article describes a recent survey of average 10 year olds to get their predictions of the future. 63% of them predict they'll be learning to build robots in school. 37% believe their teachers will be robots. 24% believe their teachers will be human cyborgs with interchangeable microchips that allow them to teach different subjects by swapping chips. 23% believe they won't need teachers because they'll be able to implant knowledge microchips in their own head. These kids don't plan on walking to school either. They'll arrive on hoverboards or wearing jetpacks. When they're not learning to build robots, they'll learn alien languages. Two other subjects they expect to be important in the future are celebrity news and R&B music. Overall, their future sounds a lot more fun than the future predicted by the professionals.


And no less realistic., posted 28 Sep 2005 at 16:41 UTC by RossumsChild » (Observer)

Hey, compared with some of the 'professional' suggestions (Kurzweil: "immortality now!" anyone?), these sound pretty realistic!

[sigh].

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