Digital future

Beyond programming

By Karsten Schulz

The digital future has arrived. So what’s next for this generation?

The world’s industries are changing. Careers are evolving and new roles are being created. Historically, new technologies have always led to big changes in society, but the revolution happening right now is faster and more fundamental than ever before. So we need to be prepared for the digital future.

Digital technologies are more than just computer programming. A new wave of digital roles is emerging, which involve applying tech to media, science, business, sports, mining, defence, infrastructure and transport.

Data can be used to gain insights, find patterns and create better solutions to our problems. For instance, while it might seem like the way to fix a transport issue is to build a second rail track, data analysis could show that you just need a more efficient schedule on the existing track.

Digital future

Computers in some form will be with us for a long time. They will drive innovation forward in ways we cannot yet imagine. We think the computer revolution is underway but it’s really just started. And the next steps will be breathtaking.

Digital technologies will give us new insights into the natural world. They will help us understand in detail how our bodies work and how drugs interact with them. Technology will enable us to spot the main things influencing markets so we can benefit from them economically.

Computers are found everywhere: as ‘embedded systems’ in cars, aircraft, trains, trucks and home printers; and in our mines, stadiums, hospitals, manufacturing plants and farms. It’s getting harder and harder to think of a field that is digital-free.

This doesn’t mean that everybody needs to be a programmer. But we all need to understand computers, so we know how to best apply them as problem-solving tools.

If we can master and advance digital technologies, we can have great careers, good health and a buoyant economy. Are we ready?

“Digital technologies will give us new insights into the natural world.”

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