Education decides on the future
Our concept of “industry” is changing constantly. “Industry 4.0” means the complete digitalisation and networking of entire manufacturing sequences, products and processes in cyber-physic systems. Concepts like Cloud Computing and Big Data have facilitated and revolutionized the use and processing of data, which has decentralized and automated all workflows or made them even fully autonomous. This has reduced our strain and workload, but in some cases also our freedom of choice. Short-term interactive learning and situation-specific training have become standard measures to overcome skill shortages. Companies are open to cross-sector cooperation and interested in joint interdisciplinary innovation. Freelance experts are temporarily commissioned for concrete projects via Internet platforms. All this has led to products and services with new customer value, new business models and value chains, followed by new education and training offers for multi-local working environments.
Global education levels have significantly increased, thanks to the broader and easier access to all kinds of knowledge. Lifelong learning has become the main success factor in all job markets. Exam certificates and diplomas have been replaced by knowledge certificates confirming a person’s present skills and qualification. Interactive, personalized learning media made from fibre-based materials help people develop the independence and flexibility they need in working environments based on communication and networking. The broader access to knowledge and information also makes it easier to solve problems of population growth and climate change.
Premises for 2050
- Lifelong learning – continuing education and training – is the key success factor in all trades and professions.
- Cross-organisational and globally linked learning activities are prevalent: joint development of skills and competences for both individuals and organisations.
- Industry 4.0 accounts for a significant share of the value created by manufacturing.
- Open Innovation has become the main driver of developments and innovations.
- “Enlightenment 2.0“ has led to a new system of values governing people’s lifestyle and consumer behaviour - resource conservation and sustainability are core issues.
Ideas indirectly related to paper
- Interactive learning media: personalised, customized to the needs of specific groups – pupils, students, senior citizens, course content depends on their previous knowledge to increase learning skills and impart knowledge more flexibly; reduced attendance times at universities free time for individual learning; interactive touch displays printed on low-cost paper substrates serve as tools; broad networking enables knowledge transfer in large groups.
- Learning systems for kids: system recognizes the child’s behavioural and knowledge patterns to accordingly adjust the way in which knowledge is presented; adaptive, flexible learning aids lead to clearly better results, interactive wallpapers with dynamic colour and voice effects can be used in any children’s room to make learning great fun; parents can activate them at any desired time of day.
- Chips in newspapers: recognize readers to mark the contents relevant to them, for time-saving information about specific areas of interest.