As the school year closes and kids head outdoors to take advantage of more screen-free activities, I can’t help but think about how much our lives, young and old, are dominated by technology. Several articles this week address how automation and artificial intelligence will continue to shape our future. One author suggested we must be forward thinking about preparing our children for a future defined by these advancements in technology, and teach them in school how to adapt to these realities. And are women more at risk globally of losing their jobs to automation than men? Yes, says a McKinsey Institute study. How will AI impact employment and economies? Experts everywhere are trying to predict what lies ahead for mankind at the hands of technology.
I was also struck this week by the ways the world’s children are leading positive change — three Nigerian schoolgirls who are on a mission to end child marriage in their country, and kids across cultures coming together on the football pitch to find commonalities despite their differences.
Here are my picks for the top Parenting for the Future stories this week:
As we usher in the 4th Industrial Revolution and adapt to a world driven by smart technologies and artificial intelligence, we must also adapt our educational system to prepare the next generation for fundamental changes in how we live and relate to one another.
According to a McKinsey Global Institute research study entitled “The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation,” 107 million women across the world will be forced out of jobs despite occupying fewer automation-prone manufacturing occupations than men.
Economists everywhere are trying to predict what the long-term effects of artificial intelligence will be on jobs and global economies.
One expert says technology could improve global health and education significantly, but only if the root cause of the problem is identified and targeted.
Is it better to be born rich or smart? According to Georgetown University professor Anthony P. Carnevale, wealth, not brains remains the strongest predictor of long-term educational and financial success.
Meet three teenage girls tackling one of Nigeria’s biggest crises and setting the stage for others to follow.
Football (soccer) is uniting kids from across cultures on the pitch and on shared values.