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The Coming "Rift" in the Future of Education

Posted in Business as Unusual, Construction, Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Health Care, Higher Education, Life Science/Pharmaceutical

Yesterday, I delivered the opening keynote presentation at the American Technical Education Association’s 51st annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The title of my talk was “The Ten Trends Transforming the Technical Education of Tomorrow.”

To demonstrate how fast the world of technical (and higher) education is changing I explained how Oculus Rift–a promising virtual reality technology company–literally went from an idea to $2 billion company in less than 20 months. I then shared this quote from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from the front page of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal to explain how Oculus Rift could transform education in the very near future: “We’re going to make Oculus Rift a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers or consulting with a doctor face-to-face–just by putting on goggles in your home.”

If you think this vision of using virtual reality goggles to educate people is far off, watch the video clip below which demonstrates how Tesla CEO Elon Musk is already using Oculus Rift to transform the future of design and manufacturing:

Interested in thought pieces on the future of education from Jack Uldrich? Check out these past posts:

Global Futurist Jack Uldrich Discusses the Future of Higher Education
Five Trends Affecting the Future of Higher Education
Harvard’s Plan to Dominate Higher Education


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