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Will five-year-olds go to school in self-driving cars without adult supervision?


19 May 2016 -  Will a five-year-old be allowed to go to school in a self-driving car without adult supervision? Will there be societal acceptance of the 24-hour, 'always connected' working life or will there be a backlash? Will IT enable future work finally to break free of the commute? These are just some of the questions posed in Future Perspectives - the latest ebook to be published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.


Author Chris Yapp has blogged for BCS for over six years on the future of technology and how the economic and social impacts of technical developments may play out. From smart cities, the internet of things, big data and privacy to digital detox, death of the IT professional and self-driving cars, this collection of his articles provides a guide to the opportunities and possible pitfalls of technical progress and how it will change the world we live in today.


“A much used phrase of William Gibson is ‘the future’s already here - it’s just not evenly distributed’. I share that sentiment,” says blogger Chris. “Putting down thoughts now and rereading them later helps me spot my blind spots and look for what I missed. Also, I have strangers get in touch having read something I wrote two or three years ago because they are now dealing with an issue I raised a while back. In turn that gives me the opportunity to learn from those grappling with these challenges in the real and changing world.”


He continues: “I have had a fun professional life in and around IT and have witnessed many remarkable advances. There are still many more ahead, of that I am sure. On the other hand, I’ve seen good people and companies crash and burn because they’ve taken too narrow a focus on the technology itself and not on the economic and social benefits technology advances can bring. I hope that some of the articles and ideas will help a few people to learn from the advances that I have witnessed.”


Future Perspectives is part of a series of specially curated collections of topical and accessible articles and case studies by industry experts.


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About the author

Chris Yapp is a Freelance Consultant specialising in innovation and future thinking. He has 30 years’ experience in the IT Industry at ICL, HP, Microsoft and Capgemini (including head of public sector innovation at Microsoft). His technical interest has long been in the networking arena while he has specialised in the strategic impact of ICT on the public sector, the creative industries, digital inclusion and social enterprises. He has been involved with scenario planning since the early 1990s in many sectors of the economy and society. He is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Institute of Governance and Public Management at Warwick Business School. He is an Associate of the Think Tank DEMOS. He has been a Trustee at the School of Social Entrepreneurs and is a Patron of the National Association of Able Children in Education, NACE. Chris has contributed to a number of books on IT, Management and strategic issues and is a frequent public speaker.