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‘Father’ of Tomb Raider and the man behind franchises such as Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy, yesterday spoke of the need to turn digital consumers into digital ‘creators’. He warned that without problem-solving and digital-making skills, tomorrow’s innovators would be unprepared for a world that is being transformed by technology and risks leaving them behind.

Speaking at yesterday’s Digital 2015 event in the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Ian Livingstone CBE urged educators and businesses to play a bigger role in making sure young people are equipped with the right problem-solving and coding skills needed to be digital citizens of the 21st Century.

As Creative Industries Champion for the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Livingstone led a number of panels which debated how the UK and devolved governments can ensure a relevant digital agenda is placed at the heart of education and learning – and make sure school leavers hit the ground running with practical skills not just qualifications in order to stand out from the competition.

Opening up the talks, Livingstone said: “We need to train people for the jobs that don’t yet exist, rather than keep training them for the jobs that will soon no longer exist. New career opportunities are opening up all the time and there needs to be a combination of a set of new digital skills, including coding, that include elements of maths, physics and art – the STEAM agenda – to equip young people for the digital economy.”

Livingstone’s speech came off the back of new research showing everyday objects being connected to the internet, such as texting our ovens and ‘smart’ babygrows (The Internet of Things), as the tech industry’s top prediction on what is going to dramatically shape how we work, live and play in the future – reinforcing what subjects tomorrow’s workforce need to be upskilled in in order to thrive.

Dubbed the ‘Future Five’ – the research was based on the views of over 1,000 attendees including event speakers from Microsoft, Tata Steel and Moneypenny, and also showed Cloud and Computing Everywhere as the top three new technologies that were going to infiltrate our lives in the future.

The official Future Five – top five new technologies that will change our lives, as predicted by the industry are:

1) The Internet of Things (IOT) – Objects, animals or people that are connected to the internet

2) Cloud

3) Computing Everywhere – mobiles becoming our key computers

4) Invisible Analytics – embedding analytics into devices to get data quicker and faster

5) 3D Printing

Speaking of the ‘Future Five’ findings, Ian Stewart, Head of Channel for IoT at communications infrastructure company Arqiva, which led yesterday’s panel topic, said: “IoT is very much the hot topic of the moment in the tech world, proven by the research being unveiled today.

“Having indigestible chips in your medicine which instantly update your doctors about conditions may seem like a ridiculous space-age fantasy but these futuristic inventions really are the now – and businesses should take advantage of the incredible opportunities available to them as soon as they can.”

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