If we really want the cool stuff we see in Science Fiction Movies, we are going to have to train more people in nanotechnology: the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular and supramolecular scale.
Niche careers can be a good move if chosen carefully. Anyone who commits to a BSc program like the Leather Technology (Hons) from the UK’s Northampton University had better be sure the industry has a future.
TSTI (Teaching Science and Technology) are a training, coaching and consulting company specialising in Space and other domains. They are the go-to people for training in Space Systems Engineering. Their short courses provide the processes, tools, and information necessary to jump-start new hires to the space business or improve the performance of mid-to senior-level engineers, systems engineers, and technical program managers.
Firstly, it can be chilly out there. It can also be scalding hot, full of midges and gnats, snake-ridden and hornet-infested. Apart from that, it’s the beautiful outdoors, and budding Nature Park Managers can train in the skills and knowledge necessary to manage natural parks, keep the ecosystems thriving (apart from the hornets, perhaps) and make them accessible and appealing to visitors.
Won’t it be great when we can plug ourselves into the Matrix and learn Kung Fu in 30 seconds? While we’re waiting for the boffins work that out, though, we still need to teach each other how to do things by explaining. Learning technologies which facilitate explaining in the modern classroom include things like social networking, wikis and game-based learning. These take us one step closer to Matrix-style learning by putting our brains in virtual worlds from which they can download information. So we’re not quite Neo and Trinity yet, but it’s a start.
Sometimes the Earth bites. Some would say ‘sometimes the Earth bites back,’ with climate change and rising incidents of flooding in mind. But most natural disasters are not man-made. There’s very little we can do at the moment about earthquakes and volcanoes, for example. And hurricanes and typhoons were around long before we started filling the atmosphere with CO2. So studying natural disasters and preparing for them shouldn’t be undertaken with a sense of guilt about self-inflicted damage. It should be done with a simple sense of self-preservation.
Bad games can either make you throw your controller at the screen or inspire you to design better ones. If you think you can do better or are just interested in making games, a game design course like that offered by School of Game Design is one way to go to acquire the necessary skills. Game design isn’t producing a polished product, but sketching out the rules and strategies of games at the pre-production stage.