The majority of students (70 per cent) at one of the UK’s leading technology colleges believe the next generation of employees will ditch the office to work from home, according to a study by Virgin Media Business. Students at Farnborough College of Technology said by 2025, people will opt for virtual hologram meetings and 3D projections over face-to-face meetings.
The research is part of a wider report by Virgin Media Business and The Future Laboratory, called ‘Generation IP’, about what the future holds in 2025 for CIOs and senior decision makers. The report was created using a panel of experts which included Michael Bove, director of consumer electronics, MIT; Chris Sanderson, co-Founder of The Future Laboratory; Chris Yiu, Head of the Digital Government Unit, Policy Exchange; Ian Forrester, senior producer at BBC R&D; and Richard Kitney, Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering at Imperial College, London.
According to the research carried out with Farnborough College of Technology, 88 per cent of the business and IT students think online tools, such as gaming and social networking, will be used in schools to help educate and engage students. A further 70 per cent believe teaching will change significantly, and software in Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games will be used to aid teaching in the future.
When asked how they believe technology will change our lives in 2025, easier communication and working from home were both popular answers. Students also said more data will be cloud-based, and desktop PCs will soon be a thing of the past, being replaced with mobile technology and more internet access points.
“Technology is a subject many of our students are passionate about and they all have great visions of how technology is going to change our lives,” said Beccy Wigglesworth, head of Hampshire Business School at Farnborough College of Technology. “We’re glad to have contributed to research which highlights how innovative we are as a nation and how such innovation will lead to a more connected, agile future. We’re excited to see these changes take place in the next few years.”
“It’s great to see such similarities between our research – which showcases the visions of futurologists, inventors and technology experts – and Farnborough College of Technology’s students’ visions of the future of technology,” said Mark Heraghty, managing director at Virgin Media Business. “These students are the engineers, inventors and IT directors of the future, and seeing their enthusiasm for advances in technology shows just how close this future already is. Just like these students, we foresee a future where ubiquitous connectivity will underpin many aspects from both our work and personal lives.”
Notes to editors
This research was conducted online with a number of business and IT students at Farnborough College of Technology