I once went to the most amazing birthday party. To this day I remember riding in my childhood friend’s dad’s Holden Kingswood. Heading out of town, into the big city, to watch James Bond battle in space with the archvillain Jaws.

How times have changed. And haven’t changed...

Groups of boys still celebrate birthdays. They still travel in parent-driving cars (for now). Losing themselves in the thrill of imaginary battles onscreen.

Except the screens are getting smaller. And bigger at the same time. Surrounding our senses in all directions.

This year my son Max celebrated his birthday at the Virtual Reality Studio. Where he and his friends battled pirates, climbed skyscrapers and painted in space.

As a Futurist I’ve learnt that if you want to see the future, you can’t just look from your own perspective. As much as we adapt to the changing world around us, many of our thought-patterns are preset.

So to help predict what the future holds, pay closer attention to how the next generation interacts with new technology. Most importantly instead of judging their behaviour and attitudes using your perspective of times past, step into the present with greater curiosity.

For example can you guess which VR game the boys enjoyed most? Fruit Ninja, Space Pirate Trainer or Dig for Destruction? None of the above.

The winner was Job Simulator. From flipping burgers to filing papers, the exciting experience of the future was the workplace of today.

Why? Instead of defaulting to an adult judgement about children and work, push your thinking further. Seeing signals of a societal shift ahead...

With the power of virtual reality we now have the ability to time travel.

Virtually experiencing in the present new realities that await us in the future.

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