Connecting in 2025
Quantity Over Quality Connections
Students will have more social ties with humans, animals and robots driven by the acceptance of communication and information technologies. As the number of connections increases, the depth of the relationships will decrease. In the future it will be common to find students who have had many relationships with other humans and at least a couple of machines in their life. Human-robot interactions can be either physical, virtual or both. As a result of these new forms of connection, it has been proven that students now are able to make more education/social/business ties during their higher education. Although these connections seem tight in the beginning, they usually fade away in a range from 3 to 6 months.
Immersed Connections: Going Further
Communication and information technologies are completely pervasive and imperceptible. There is no difference between sharing a conversation with humans, robots or even animals, and such conversations have become mainstream. Big data makes it easier to find ideal partners and to keep “bad influences” away. This future includes students who are sharing their personal information with their close friends 24/7 through the Internet of things. They have a personal assistant who is also one of their best friends; generally they are trustworthy, loyal and have a lot in common with the student. It also suggest who to relate to around you and online. Students are fighting for the rights of robot, animal and mixed couples.
Signals of Change
- “Close friends are the ones that matter”
- A majority of pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family. But this time you can actually pick your own family with the pet compatibility test.
- The theme of human-machine relationships is entering public discussion and pop culture, for example the movies Her, Ex Machina, Big Hero 6 and TV series Black Mirror.
- Online dating has become more accepted, today 40 million American singles use online dating services; by 2031 it is expected that half of the couples will know each other online first.
- AR and VR technology is inspiring a wide range of potential applications–from education to medicine to communicating to gaming and getting around.
What if the higher education system embraces the idea that there is no difference between virtual and real life?