Don’t underestimate the power of oldness

metalblue 24 March 2015

Planning for the layout of Canberra so far into the future requires a certain general knowledge of socio-economic, socio-technologic, and of course an actual working knowledge of statistics.

Statistics can lie if all the correct variables are not utilised correctly. 90 per cent of people know that statistics can be misused. However, 20 per cent or more are able to determine the truth given the correct variables.

First things first, Canberra is known to have a generally healthy population. Along with the longevity of the nation’s population increasing decade by decade, Canberra in 2025 will have a much larger population of people over 65.

Combined with accessibility services improving, technology evolving, and transport becoming safer, people over 85 will not be sectioned off into ‘old people homes’ or complexes similar to this effect.

People over the age of 100 will not only be commonplace, they will also be healthier and still contributing to society in ways we have yet to see, as well as contributing proportionally a large percentage of economic value, of which is currently undervalued.

Enter the automated driverless vehicles. Some people will be using such vehicles to go 500 metres to get some fish and chips at the local, while others will be catching air buses to go 500 kilometres out into space, just because they feel like it (and the cheap Tuesday special will be $250 for a return trip for two)

We have yet to see what new jobs will spring up, and yes, there will be more jobs.

3D printing of metals, plastics and even food will change the way we work, create, and recreate. Artistic endeavours will increase and become more dynamic. The age of expression will begin.

Choices and options to customise anything and everything will make a whole array of markets of people helping you make decisions, and it will be the wise elderly of whom have the best experience to guide others. While ‘free’ services will cost more money and less time, reputation will speak for itself – I just hope the elders have enough patience for the new breed of youngsters.

The wealth of information available electronically will be available to back up advice given at an instant, because as we all know, a youngster always asks “why?” – however, I do find it intriguing that sometimes youngsters have heard advice from the elderly, confirm what they’ve said to be false according to the internet, and not only not ask “why?” they also dismiss further research on the topic of which could potentially lead to new groundbreaking discoveries – affecting on a level of personal, local, national, international, or even solar-wide.

The power of oldness. Not to be underestimated.

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