2020 foresight: New jobs

Futurists at Social Technologies LLC see the following new jobs on the horizon for the year 2020:

  • Realizer: Creates real versions of virtual objects for people, from grog tankards to sports cars.
  • E-scrubber: Works to undo or minimize the indiscretions that people accumulate on the Web.
  • Unrealtor: Creates virtual tourism, adventure and retail destinations.
  • Nano-decontaminator: Cleans up nanomaterials now being spread through the environment.
  • Deceptionist: Provides tech-enabled deception services for those wishing to disguise their activities.
  • Genetic dietician: Creates diets tailored to people’s individual genetic makeup.
  • Geoscaper: Makes corporate and private properties look attractive in Google Earth-style aerial views.
  • Unplugger: Counselor (or mental health professional) who helps wean people from excessive technology use.
  • Eye pilot: Operates small, remotely piloted, camera-equipped aerial vehicles over war zones, disasters and other locations of interest on behalf of news services, nongovernmental organizations and private companies.

But a colleague of mine noted that very few people will want to be known as a “deceptionist.” It’s a hard thing to want to put on your IRS tax return or tell your kids.

Proactive gets a flashy new HQ

Competitive intelligence firm Proactive Worldwide Inc. has moved into fancy new offices at its Rolling Meadows, Ill., headquarters. The announcement has a good deal of hype, but even so, it seems like the HQ will certainly impress clients. The following excerpts from the announcement describe some of the features:

  • “multi-level security cameras, motion sensors, as well as restricted keycard and biometric access” to protect  clients intellectual capital
  • “The Command Center” has an “energetic, newsroom atmosphere” for conducting primary research with “team collaboration areas and several flat-screen televisions on the walls that feed news and information to staff around the clock.”
  • “a fully equipped Center of Excellence” training center for employees and clients
  • and various employee perks (reminiscent of the dot-com days): “a cyber café, equipped with coffeehouse music tracks, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi connectivity, a foosball table and enough seating for informal, as well as company-wide, meetings. Near the café, a relaxation room offers a haven for employees to rest and recharge in fully expandable recliner chairs, with relaxing sound, temperature control, aromatherapy, and optional chair massages once a month.”