From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things, the technology industry is constantly generating new innovations capable of transforming the way we work and live.
Indeed, the past 50 years has arguably seen greater change in the way we live than anything in the previous 2,000 years, and this pace of change doesn't look like slowing down.
Over the next few years, it's believed that we'll enter an era where nearly everything around us not only has some sort of internet function, but is also imbued with a degree of artificial intelligence.
And that will have a big impact on the world of work and the kinds of jobs on offer in the future.
The country that gave birth to the first industrial revolution could fall behind in what has been described as the fourth industrial revolution
According to a 2017 report from Tech City UK, the growth rate of 'digital' jobs is more than double that of non-digital jobs, with "UK digital tech" (to borrow Tech City UK's vernacular) estimated at £170 billion in 2015 - and growing fast.
However, the organisation also warned that this growth could begin to wane as a result of an increasing digital skills gap.
The big issue is that demand for emerging technologies is growing, but companies just don't have the skilled manpower to keep pace.
More than 50 per cent of organisations surveyed by Tech City UK believe that a shortage of skilled employees is causing major problems for industry, and 25 per cent of them said they're struggling to find the right talent.
Hence, the country that gave birth to the first industrial revolution could fall behind in what has been described as the fourth industrial revolution - the technological revolution driven by artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing and automation.
Today's youngsters will be the workforce - or the dole queue - of tomorrow
While it'll create new job opportunities, it will replace many more.
Research from the Royal Society of Arts suggests that robots could replace four million jobs within the next decade alone, and if the UK workforce doesn't have the skills, new job opportunities will be created elsewhere.
A failing education system
Essentially, we're venturing towards a situation where great technological advancements will render many careers obsolete, but will create lots of new ones.
The general consensus is that humans must change their skill-sets in order to fit-in as times change. Yet, it seems that not enough work is actually being done to prepare people for this revolution, and the knowledge they need to acquire in order to prosper in the future.
Education is paramount here, as today's youngsters will be the workforce - or the dole queue - of tomorrow. But at the moment, it feels like the current system is failing young people rather than helping them.
Schools should be doing more to develop the next generation of technologists, scientists, engineers and mathematicians
In 2017, the Royal Society claimed that half of schools in England fail to offer students computer science GCSEs. And a survey from SAM Labs and YouGov found that 70 per cent of 18-24 year olds didn't feel that they received sufficient IT education while they were at school.
The British government has even admitted that schools should be doing more to develop the next generation of technologists, scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
Speaking earlier this year, education secretary Damian Hinds said that schools must offer more sophisticated technology subjects so that students can learn to "write apps" and tap into emerging tech.
"The hard reality of soft skills is, actually, these things around the workplace, and these things around character and resilience are important for anybody to achieve in life, as well as for the success of our economy," he said.
Rhetoric is one thing, but action is another.
What are politicians actually doing to turn things around? In the Autumn budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed plans to invest £500 million into new STEM and digital initiatives.
The government is also looking to spend £84 million on training 8,000 secondary school computer science teachers and to set up a new National Centre for Computing.
Again, these are only plans, and it's likely that we won't see any results for a few years. Granted, the government claims that it'll hit these targets by the end of the current parliamentary term, but that's still just a promise.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other great initiatives aimed at improving digital literacy and getting youngsters into the technology industry.
Take, for example, the National Cyber Academy. It's a collaborative project between the Welsh Government and University of South Wales to develop a new wave of cyber security professionals. The academy is backed by the likes of Airbus, General Dynamics UK, Alert Logic, Information Assurance, QinetiQ and Silcox Information Security. Perhaps industry-led projects are the way forward?
Coinciding with the launch of the academy, Andy Love - strategic business development manager Airbus - said: "There is an emerging eco system around cyber technology that is based in South Wales and Airbus is proud to be part of it.
"Our involvement with the course and the curriculum is an exciting opportunity for business and academia to influence the next generation of cyber security specialists."
But that's just one isolated example.
In a job market where technology and science skills are already in high demand, how many inspiring teachers bearing computer science or physics degrees can be recruited, rather than preferring to use their skills more profitably in the private sector?
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