100-year Life

The 100-year Life – Living and Working in An Age of Longevity,
Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, Bloomsbury Business, 2017

The three phase life (education, employment, retirement) is history now: gone forever. Maybe we will have (learn, work, rest, learn, work, rest…).
Or (learn, work/learn, work/learn, ..). I hope resting time can be in the mix occasionally. This change is due to the gig economy and longer life expectations. This book shows how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.

Another trend is involved. A hundred years ago, a doctor would know all about medicine, she would not be a specialist. Nowadays there is much more to learn so there are specialists, and there are more specialties every year. In fact the rate of specialization is increasing. Likewise in the engineering profession, law, software, and business.

A few years back Khan started the Khan academy, wikipedia exploded, and Google tied all the knowledge in the world together. In my line of work I solve many challenges with the help of Google, and that is an accepted way of work. What will be the next Khan-like innovation for learning? What will be the next generation of wikipedia knowledge stores, and how will you learn your next skill faser than ever?

Some people ask for a crystal ball so they can know which 4 year university education to get. Maybe they should get basic literacy then embark on a sequence of work/learn work/learn with the changes occurring more frequently over time.

How can we support this learning cycle with enhanced education on the spot, tuned to your aptitude and needs of the moment? A learning system which blends in with your work, with text / video / podcast / brain link? As Tim O’Reilly says in his recent book “WTF”, we need on-demand learning.

In the future perhaps the learning system could improve its knowledge base from your experiences automatically? Would this be a future of massive multiplayer machine learning on steroids (MMMLOS)?