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1 Staying ahead of the curve In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. (Eric Hoffer)

2 ENERGY WATER TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION HUMAN MOVEMENT EXPLORATION POLICE & DEFENCE AGRICULTURE

3 Education The future of blackboards and chalk There is no future ! Digital TV in the learning environment Mobile to meet the needs of our continent Gaming in education In a rapidly changing world those that play catch-up ball, will never catch up

4 Energy Fossil fuels Solar District energy (e.g. St Pauls in Minnesota, USA) Wind Wave Nuclear using U235 & Terrapower using both U235 and U238 & Fusion Bio-fuels Batteries & storage Issues with energy: loss during transmission, storage and waste, inconsistency from sustainable source energy vs consistency of fossil fuels but CO pollution, use of arable land to grow bio-fuel crops Solutions: Nanotechnology to reduce losses, smartGrids, interchangeability, use of alternative plants (algae), enhanced batteries using nanotechnology carbon tubes in Lithium Ion conductivity

5 St Pauls, Minnesota

6 Water Water: just how is water going to be affected, by how much and where? Purification & Restoration: optofluidics and the use of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the cleaning up of toxins in polluted water. In developing countries the decentralisation of water purification and a move towards purification at point-of-use Desalination industries: Global growth = 450% in 20 years Over 40 billion work hours are lost each year in Africa...to the need to fetch drinking water (WHO, 2004)

7 Exploration Space Aerospace Deep ocean

8 Innovation Question the status quo Observe Experiment Network Associate

9 Technology Information Technology RFID chips and digital sensors (smart dust) detect temperature, weight, pressure and integrate into mobile and wireless communication devices Robotics Nanotechnology: technology > 1 nanometre, and < 100 nanometres. a human hair is approx nanometres wide. Microtechnology: UAVs Electrotextiles (safe conduction of electricity in clothing towards wearable computerisation) Medicine and the impact of nanotechnology The world is becoming a datasphere, a place where information about people, their environment, & their actions is the primary driver - Garfinkel

10 Agriculture Regenerative agriculture To reform soils as a carb0n sink by instilling organically managed farming methods. This could make use of the world 3.5 billion acres of tillable land as a means to remove 40% of the current carb0n overload. Alternatives in agriculture Algae vs Soya in bio-fuel farming Vertical farming GMOs

11 Police & Defence Some of the best future ideas in policing will likely come from disciplines that have nothing obviously to do with law enforcement Bubble curves in international demographics Age Population Future African & Middle Eastern nation age demographics Age Population Future developed nations age demographics

12 Police & Defence Some of the best future ideas in policing will likely come from disciplines that have nothing obviously to do with law enforcement Bubble curves in international demographics Merged nation age demographics Age Population

13 Police & Defence Culture shifts Xenophobia, race, creed & culture shifts Virtual and real-world resource theft & wars Information theft Natural resources Energy Human trafficking Networking approaches Network centric policing (net-centric) models as a symptom of the Information Age

14 Human movement Urbanisation trends & Megacities ( > people): by % and by % of the worlds population will live in urban areas, most of them in slums of the megacities. What crises do you imagine? What planning ? UNHCR: 1 million people/day are moving globally from rural to urban areas. Jo-Toria by 2020 Work-from home trends

15 Thank you Be the change... that you would like to see in the world (Mahatma Gandhi)


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