Sharp is 100 years old this month so Humans Invent decided to challenge five of its brightest minds to foretell what the world will look like a century from now. We conducted a series of six workshops at Sharp Laboratories of Europe on topics ranging from entertainment to robotics to assess how these fields will have changed by the year 2112. In this series we discover the possibility of nanorobots swimming through your veins, driverless cars and space hotels, multi-sensory entertainment and virtual reality in the classroom. Though the five scientists disagree at times on what the future may hold, they certainly agree on one thing: the world will be a very different place in 100 years’ time. Yesterday we looked at health; today we tackle education.

2. Education

Bringing history to life: meeting Napoleon on the battlefield.

When it came to predicting the state of education in 100 years’ time, the main developments the group envisioned were computer-assisted teaching, the incorporation of augmented and virtual reality and a change in how the classroom is utilized.

Research Supervisor, Tom Ford imagines a time, ‘where all the kids, either through a big multiviewer 3D TV, or through a headset, could be transported to North Wales or Norway and actually see some of the things that have been described in class. I’m sure that would actually benefit their learning enormously.’ Essentially, instead of reading about a rock formation in a Geography lesson, or a particular battle in a History lesson, you could physically experience what you are reading about.

Electronic Engineer, Michael Prior-Jones also thinks augmented reality could play a key part: “Where you see computer generated images projected onto what you see by wearing a headset. You can imagine something like a school trip, where out of classroom learning becomes more attractive. As the technology becomes portable and mobile, you’ve got a wireless internet connection, you’ve got lightweight batteries and you’ve got the processing power, there is no need to be tethered indoors.”

Every day for the next week we will be releasing the next Sharp workshop in the series. Stay tuned tomorrow for Entertainment and Communications…

Illustrations exclusively drawn for Humans Invent by Neil Jones.

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