What new industry do you imagine will appear in 10 years’ time?

What new industry do you imagine will appear in 10 years’ time?

The ultimate Brain Game winner will win Apple AirPods


What new jobs will there be in 10 years?
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Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win Apple AirPods.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1

I imagine that a genomics industry that specialises in “upgrading” people’s DNA will appear. It will make people smarter or healthier. Scientists are currently working on a new gene editing tool called Crispr, which, if successful, could cure thousands of genetic diseases and make people smarter.

The genomics industry is constantly growing, and is moving from focusing on research and building technology to actually applying it to genetic services.

Hopefully we will be able to find cures, or even preventive measures, to diseases like cancer and diabetes through genomics.

Contestant 2

Ten years seems like a long way away, but it’ll come in a blink of an eye. I think there will be an industry for AI management. The AI industry is developing rapidly and the technology is already replacing humans in certain workplaces. It’s great that we have them to take over dull or dangerous jobs for us, but we must be careful that they don’t overpower us.

The AI management industry will make sure humans are controlling the AI robots, and not the other way around. Workers in that industry will also be in charge of limiting the knowledge and power of the AI robots so they don’t take over the world.

Contestant 3

Imagine a world where anyone can travel to space, or where taking trips to the moon over the summer holidays is completely normal. In 10 years time, there could be an industry for space tourism. The company SpaceX was founded in 2002 with the goal of reducing the cost of going to space and making the colonisation of Mars possible.

If SpaceX continues their mission, there might well may be an industry in 10 years that allows people to leave Earth’s atmosphere and visit different places in the solar system. Aside from space travel, we might see a specialised space fashion industry, too.

Contestant 4

Having watched several terrifying sci-fi shows like Black Mirror, I can’t help but imagine there being a new industry called microbotics in 10 years time, which revolves around the usage of microchips that can be placed into our brains. Once a microchip is planted in someone’s brain, that person’s movements can be controlled, and everything they see and hear can be recorded, too. I believe the technology might even stop people from committing crime.

I expect microbotics to become a multibillion-dollar industry in the future, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for humans with enhanced abilities. Hopefully, this won’t lead to a gigantic zombie apocalypse!

Contestant 5

Doesn’t it bother you when you can’t remember a dream you’ve only just had? I’m sure that in a decade’s time we’ll have the technology to explore our dreams as well as an entire dream industry. Clients will be able to recall and enter their own dream worlds.

This is not pure fantasy as psychologists today are continuously expanding their understanding of the brain, and it won’t take long before scenes from the movie Inception are made possible in real life. It’s going to be groundbreaking. We will be able to uncover people’s deepest thoughts.

We will see breakthroughs in the creative industry, but the dream industry will come with a downside – the authorities might be able to steal our deepest thoughts and ideas, or worse: control our thoughts like in George Orwell’s 1984. It’ll be up to the industry’s best people to protect our privacy.

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Edited by Nicole Moraleda

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What new industry do you imagine would appear in 10 years time?


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