I presented at the RMIT Web Conference today in Melbourne with the somewhat inauspicious title of 2020: The Web’s Apocalyptic Future. I took a fast paced, 2020 view of digital disruption. I highlighted that whilst the word ‘disruption’ generally has a negative connotation, it can also be have a very positive influence.

The presentation covered the following topics and trends.

1. Future world scenarios.

I outline some of the likely future world scenarios in 2020. Specifically how the boundaries of an organisation are changing, information flows, collaboration at scale, crowd-sourcing, low barriers to entry, pro-sumers, Artificial Intelligence, hybrid thinking and The Singularity.

2. Living in an increasingly connected real and virtual worlds.

I discuss how we are living in a world that is blending real and virtual worlds with cyborgs, digital tattoos, augmented reality, contextual devices, social as the new search, and everything ‘on demand’.

3. Balancing the expectations of the future with realities that may emerge.

Whilst the trends might paint a rosy future, there are certain elements such as privacy, security, and unintended uses of technology that we should consider.

4. The role of education in a future digital world

Finally, I drew some parallels from the trends about how education might likely change. Topics such as scalable learning, Team Wikispeed, the learning organisation, unbundling of content, MOOCs, peer to peer education, education ‘on demand”?


The Web’s Apocalyptic Future

See below for a Slideshare copy of my slides.



A PDF of the presentation can be downloaded here.

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