Futures Week- The Critical Question

[Apologies for minimal research- as I have just moved into a rented house, I lack Wifi and result in using my dad’s wifi hotspot for only posting my reflections & essays etc. I will try to add research to this critical question as soon as I acquire a good internet source :)]

“The people of Melbourne can feel confident about what the future holds”

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the future means ‘A period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come’. I agree, but in context of Melbourne’s future; from my perspective, the future is decades away, yet still within our generation’s life span. This perspective will influence the way this essay is written.

To begin with, I believe that education, technology and building designs (and materials) are primary aspects of life in Melbourne that are most likely subject to change in the future. In all awareness of these, I believe that the people of Melbourne can be confident, if we choose to take the right path, in what the future holds.

By saying this, if we continue growing as a city under the impression that we should sustain Earth as long as possible, our city will become an eco-friendly one- and in my opinion, that is a good thing. However, if we continue growing as a city under the impression that we should get the best out of life for our generation, the pollution and release of poisonous gases would damage the earth- doing the opposite of sustaining. I believe the first statement is the one that holds a better and reliable future that can make Melbournians feel confident about what is yet to come.

I believe the future of education holds many changes for both the good and bad. It is noted that our current education system is appreciated, and has been for quite a while. No substantial improvements or modifications of the school system have been made. As discussed during our ‘Future of Education’ lesson, I believe that there are many subjects that should and might be developed into the curriculum in the future.

To elaborate on this, I believe there should be a diversity of options, essentially giving each individual student their own choices. If everyone were to be channelled into becoming what the school wanted for them, let’s say doctors or dentists, what would happen to the occupation of food suppliers (farm workers)? Frankly, I believe that not everyone dreams of becoming a dentist and have other dreams, and I believe that in the future schools will begin to support student’s passions.

However, by stating I would like there to be individual support, I am not aiming at all to imply that core subjects, including languages, mathematics, humanities etc. should be removed. I believe that knowledge of these subjects give us some understanding of the world around us. Overall, I believe that if this idea of choice was to be developed into the current curriculum, occupations would be filled and everyone could have their needs met. As a student, I believe that is a future that I would look forward to.

In relevance with schools, I believe that technology will continue it’s rapid improvement and I believe this will encourage students to continue their use. This could potentially result lack of exercise or outdoor activities, possibly resulting in obesity or refusal to go outdoors into our natural environment.

Despite this, I understand as a student that sport is not an ignored activity at all. However, my point is that technology and new devices may one day outshine dictate the way we act educationally, and may end up restricting us to a classroom.

Additionally, still on the topic of education, home schooling has become an expanding option for students, and it is possible (though unlikely) that students may no longer be required to physically attend school. This holds both positive and negative results. Firstly, it makes education more accessible for those living out of a local school zone or unable to join a high school. However, it allows students to stay at home, and although that for some may be a benefit, it does not demand activity and face-to-face discussion, which is an important factor for social skills.

As another aspect of the future, technology, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, has been improving speedily and I believe it will continue to do so.

My beliefs on this area are similar to the previous; technology will continue to grow, likely to lead us humans to depend highly on it. Moreover, robot and machinery technology will undoubtedly improve due to the valuable new research resources available today.

If robots were to improve at such a rate, I believe once-human jobs will be able to be completed efficiently by robots/machinery. This too has both positives and negatives. It allows us humans to relax and take risks. To oppose this, however, many machines will firstly have glitches or disorders. If a robot were to be performing surgery, as shown in a video prior to entering Scienceworks, it could of course make mistakes. However, in the video shown, the robot was controlled and manipulated by a human. This both minimises human error and allows the prospect of machinery disorder to fill the place. My opinion on this is neutral, but having robot’s fill the human’s place can have bad effects, which will be discussed below.

As mentioned in the “Our life with robots” lesson, I believe that having robots completing our tasks, there will be a definite decrease of job opportunities and therefore it would throw the world into a crisis of some sorts.

Having technology only available in richer, first world countries will advance our systems, making the line distinguishing rich (eg. businessmen) and poor (eg. the homeless) obvious and painstakingly different. I follow a similar idea to Jamie Johnson, creator of the movie ‘The One Percent’, which was about the line between the wealthy Americans and the overall citizen’s wealth. On the Human Right’s Pact, equality is one of the main topics mentioned. Overseeing the monopoly current in the world, I believe that this goes against the pact and that equally distributing the wealth will lead Melbourne to a better future.

Additionally, building and construction is an aspect of life in Melbourne that is most likely to be affected in the future. After watching Joost Bakker’s video concerning sustainable living, I was quite convinced, that at some stage if we were to aim to preserve Earth, his design would be undertaken. The interesting part of this design is that the house itself could be completely recycled. If this idea were to be undertaken, I believe it would definitely give Melbournians an environmentally friendly aspect of the future to look forward to.

Additionally, the concept of printing solar panels was, in my opinion, amazing. If these were to be applied to buildings and constructions in Melbourne, it would definitely boost Melbourne’s eco-friendliness, keep the air fresh and minimally polluted and benefit the city of Melbourne as a whole. This is because the less carbon emissions and greenhouse gases we release, the more we are following the path concerning sustaining Earth and it’s resources.

However, it must be recognised that solar panels obviously only work during daylight hours, which gives a disadvantage to night work. To oppose this, many eco-friendly energy sources, such as wind turbines and hydroelectric mills. I believe that these sources are the key to a sustainable future; one that Melbournians can feel confident in and look forward to.

Overall, I believe that education, technology and building designs (and materials) are primary aspects of life in Melbourne that are most likely subject to change in the future. Considering the discussion above, I believe that the people of Melbourne can be confident in what the future holds- but only if we choose the right path.

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One response to “Futures Week- The Critical Question

  1. Well done Connie
    You incorporate many relevant and interesting points to support your argument. Your response is evident of deep thinking on the topic which is great to see.
    Coherence of argument: level 2 of 2
    Use of evidence: level 2 of 2
    Further Research: level 0 of 1
    Multiple Perspectives: level 1 of 2
    Critical Thinking: level 0 of 1
    Expression & language use: 1 level of 1
    bye
    jane 🙂

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