Brain Game: What do you think teens’ lives might be like 100 years from now? (Round 9)

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  • This writing competition starts with 10 contestants, who are eliminated one-by-one based on your votes – who will you choose this week?
  • This week, our contestants share their thoughts on what teenagers might be up to in the future
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Brain Game is a competition in which we start with 10 participants who must answer a question as creatively as they can every week. Based on your votes, we eliminate one participant each week until we have a winner.

Next week is the last round of this season of Brain Game, and we will be announcing the final two contestants and some exciting prizes!

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Contestant 1

One hundred years from now, we will probably all be cyborgs with microcomputers implanted in our brains. Subjects that deal with hard facts, like maths, would disappear. Instead, schools would focus on teaching teens creativity and social skills – the weak points of artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, instead of going on field trips to museums and country parks, students will head to the moon to extract soil samples. This is thanks to the rapid commercialisation of space travel.

Virtual reality (VR) will be the backbone of our lives. Scientists will create nutritious pills, and VR will trick people into thinking the pill tastes savoury or sweet, depending on their preferences.

VR will elevate gaming to a new level. It will send signals to the brain, making the game seem real by simulating senses of touch, smell and taste. Players will no longer blow themselves up for fun in games.

Instead of talking or using social media, transmitting brainwaves to one another will be the new trend for teen communication. They could throw away all languages as relics of the past.

The climate might be perilously unstable, forcing teens to live in bubbles. But they will also be more independent and live away from their parents.

Everything a teen needs would be within arm’s reach. But will this convenience harm their perseverance? While there will be many breakthroughs in technology, this is a question future teenagers must consider carefully.

Contestant 2

The word “teenager” was invented only about 100 years ago. Back then, most teens did not even have the opportunity to go to school. Now, in Hong Kong, teenagers are required to get an education. By the same token, future life is going to be greatly different from our lifestyle now.

At school, teens will start the day by learning to be hi-tech farmers. Because of global warming, food will be an important issue in the future, so teens must pick up this survival skill. Future education systems should consider weaving agriculture and innovation into the curriculum. During recess, teens might play with 3D hologram board games.

For the rest of the day, students might study core subjects like artificial intelligence (AI) programming and advanced maths. Learning foreign languages might not be important because there might be machines that provide immediate interpretation.

After school, teens will head home by riding antigravity skateboards without wheels. At home, they will take care of themselves without parental guidance. Each house will be equipped with an AI kitchen with a robot chef to cook anything a teen could want.

Parents and teachers will also be better at helping teenagers learn and grow.

Teens might live in a more relaxing and pleasant environment, but they would also have to be more organised and creative to cope with the fast-paced lifestyle of the future.

Contestant 3

Since I am not Doraemon and do not have a time machine, there is no way to predict how teens’ lives will be in 100 years. However, based on current developments, I expect that teens will experience one of the following three situations.

Situation 1: Teens’ lives will be very fun and happy. As educators understand the benefits of learning outside the classroom, schools will prioritise active learning in the future. Students will have fun learning opportunities, such as farming and camping. Since people will be more aware of physical and mental health, parents and teachers will be less strict and harsh. Therefore, teens’ lives will be more relaxing. As technology becomes more convenient, teens will socialise and meet more people online – they may even talk to new people using 3D holograms.

Situation 2: Teens’ lives will be remote and socially isolated. Technology will bring more convenience and efficiency, so teens might spend most of their time online instead of meeting people in real life. For example, teens will study remotely and play sports via video games, rather than going to schools or parks to do these activities.

Situation 3: Teens’ lives will be on a spaceship. Since we currently have so many environmental problems, such as climate change and pollution, in 100 years, the Earth might be completely damaged. Therefore, teens will not be able to live on Earth and will spend their time travelling through space.

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