Today, my CP English 12 students presented on future technologies. They were asked to read about new and upcoming products or fields which would change the world in the coming 10, 20, or 50 years. Some were exciting (3D printers that can create buildings, art, and even organs), others were terrifying (being able to select the traits of your baby before its born) and some were just fun (holographic technology, or virtual reality). Of course, while the technologies all seemed far off, futuristic, and bold, I am willing to bet we haven't even scratched the surface. Nearly all of the technologies presented today were based on existing paradigms, and existing products. Even students who had the best imaginations were still using the present as a frame of reference.
In a way, it's a microcosm for how difficult/absurd teaching is at times. Despite using the latest tools to teach students, by the time they retire, all of this will be as silly as the title of this blog. We can't even begin to imagine what will exist in 5 years, let alone 50. The only thing we can really do is teach students to think, explore, and research. The rest will unfold into something completely unknown.