Of all the wonderful things accomplished and advanced in the last 30 to 40 years, who knows what will be accomplished in the next 30 to 40 years.
So to me the question becomes how do we prepare our children for the things we can't imagine yet? The answer, to me, is to encourage creativity, an inquisitive mind, curiosity and an open mind.
Here are some of the advances we have made in that time frame.
Can you remember how these changed everything?
Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html)
DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Office software (spreadsheets, word processors)
Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)
Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia)
Light emitting diodes
Liquid crystal display (LCD)
Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay)
Media file compression (jpeg, mpeg, mp3)
Photovoltaic Solar Energy
Large scale wind turbines
Social networking via the Internet
Graphic user interface (GUI)
RFID and applications (e.g., EZ Pass)
Genetically modified plants
Bar codes and scanners
SRAM flash memory
Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS
this list is from http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/a-world-transformed-what-are-the-top-30-innovations-of-the-last-30-years/