According to the results of a recent global research study, kids ages 12 and under know more about the future of technology than adults in Silicon Valley.
Designed and run by Latitude, an international research consultancy that helps its clients harness the possibilities of the Web, Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internet asked kids across the world to draw their answer to this question: “What would you like your computer or the Internet to do that it can’t do right now?”
More than 200 kid-innovators, ages 12 and under, from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Panama, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States participated and submitted drawings of their imagined technologies (see gallery below).
The study was specifically designed to find out what today’s elementary school students (i.e. tomorrow’s shoppers), who have never lived in a world without the internet or mobile phones, are looking for in new content, user experience, and technology offerings.
Overall, say the study’s authors, the drawings demonstrated that kids wanted their technology to be more interactive and human, better integrated with their physical lives, and empowering to users by assisting new knowledge or abilities.
The young participants predicted that the future of media and technology lies in better integrating digital experiences with real-world places and activities. They’re also suggesting that more intuitive, human-like interactions with devices, such as those provided by fluid interfaces or robots, are a key area for development.
In some of the examples below, it’s uncanny how similar their suggestions are to cutting-edge technologies we know to be under development.
“This study is part of our larger research initiative that gives children a real voice in the broader, often very adult, discussion of future technologies,” says Steve Mushkin, founder and president of Latitude. “Across a variety of creative exercises, kids from all over the world have proven, time and again, that they think in extraordinarily sophisticated ways about how tech could enhance their learning, play, and interactions with the people and things around them – and the ways that technology might help us solve the big global problems we all face.”
Check out some of the children’s drawings below, and tell us if you agree with their vision of the future!
Top Image Credit: Flickr – chimothy27
Drawings via latddotcom on Flickr