Top ten technologies and innovations that will shape the next 30 years:
- Sentient homes
- Social robots
- Self-driving everything
- Robotic clothing
- Intelligent food
- Connected contact lenses
- Quantum computers
- Programmable DNA
- Cheap space flights
- Home power plants
To help ensure this pipeline of talent, the IET is encouraging young people and their parents to #STEMintoSummer with a package of activities for children to use over the summer months, inspiring free play that will also help to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills.
Brian David Johnson, Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and a Futurist said: “Seeing and speaking to family members on the other side of the world in real-time, driving a car 100 miles but producing zero emissions, these are some of the things that 30 years ago, we would never have dreamed possible. In the next 30 years, we could be looking at the privatisation of space, social robots and autonomy across land, sea, air and space – but we need to inspire our children to help shape this future.
“The first step is to embrace the power of the imagination. Nothing great was ever built by humans that wasn’t imagined first. Prompting children to take part in free play – and encouraging them to use their imagination - will help nurture the STEM skills and passion needed to create the brilliant minds and change-makers of tomorrow.”
Dr Peter Bonfield, President at the IET, said: “I’ve always felt very passionate about our role in inspiring the next generation of inventors. We want to help equip parents with STEM resources, to better support and encourage their children to take part in free play and making things this summer.
“Exciting young people about STEM and its endless possibilities will set them on a path that could lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career in engineering and technology, helping us engineer a better world for future grandchildren and their grandchildren.”