Last night was the final meeting of the module- DIT Second Life: Is one life enough? Everyone was already there when I arrived – the members of my group, Kate Macadangdang and Robyn Meagher, and the others, Gary Price, Stephanie Meagher and of course the Lecturers John O’Connor and ‘Locks’. It was arranged for us to give a presentation on the topic of what we think the Workplace will be like in the year 2050.
It was surprisingly quiet when I got there, and everyone was standing up. I knew immediately that something wasn’t going as planned. It turned out that the screen that was set up to show our slides was not complying with the JPEG images we had arranged to be presented. No one panicked though, as we were still able to see small versions of them. Here you can see Gary giving his presentation. The white square with writing on it is one of his group’s prepared slides.
Leading up to the presentations, my group and I mostly communicated using Facebook chat. We were given a lot of notice of the presentation date to allow us to prepare for it, which was great as it gave us more time to discuss the topic together which made the whole project fun as well as challenging. Each one of us began by individually researching how the workplace has already changed from the past to present (specifically from the last 50 years). We then moved on to finding various articles and theories about how it will evolve and change again.
Occasionally we would send each other our rough scripts and we would give each other advice. Finally when it came close to giving the presentation, we sent our scripts and then put them together, making sure we weren’t repeating ourselves at any points. Our presentation went under the headings;
What we think the workplace will be like in 50 years.
Humans being replaced by artificial intelligence.
More companies could dissolve traditional offices and headquarters.
Employers could start recruiting people form all over the world.
Possible human “revival”?
Advantages & Disadvantages.
Then we practiced them together, and decided to split the presentation into three separate parts and to each read our sections one after the other. Most of the sources we used were:
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It turned out that we mainly based our presentation using Kate’s headings as well as some of Robyn’s additions and a lot of her content and some of my own. I put together the slides and got advice from the girls too. Here’s an example of two of the slides included:
I greatly enjoyed Gary and Steph’s presentation too. They were coherent and had clearly used great sources, as it was engaging from start to finish. They spoke about how humans will have to adapt in the increasing automated industries which will most likely occur, among touching on other aspects of the workplace in the future.
Here is some material I never used in the presentation but I think should be included in some form anyway as back-up work! Thanks:
The workplace in 1982 was a very different structure and existence to what it is today in 2016. 34 Years ago was the time of chunky desktop computers and software to learn ‘how to type’. Take Fax machines – the modern child will most likely have never heard of them. Even I am unsure to what it was that they did, yet in 1985 it was seen as very efficient and important.
The Apple IIGS computer, made between 1986-1992. Image via National Museum of American History.
With this in mind, try to imagine what the workplace in another 34 years from now – the year 2050. Or how about I do the imagining for you.
In the middle of the 21st century, I think people will not continue to gather in physical offices. Perhaps they will be using more advanced and more widely distributed versions of technology that exists today, more specifically virtual reality headsets.
I can even imagine that they might be in the form of little machines that resemble contact lenses (like something you’d find in Spy Kids).
Immersive, computer-generated environments will be used to make up for the time and money spent traveling to the work environment. The advanced technology will allow the users to behave naturally. They won’t be connecting through unrealistic avatars that don’t reflect themselves. These realities will be so convincing, users will react the same way they would in real life. The sensory input from the outside will be blocked out, and the visual and auditory cues will make the virtual world seem more real. Yes, versions of this exist today, but how many of you own and use them in your homes?
I think it would probably be very unhealthy for the workplace to consist of only this, so maybe there would be weekly old-fashioned meetings, face to face.