I was told at a conference I attended the other day that my 18 month old son will never learn to drive. I found it hard to believe yet advancements in technology makes it fathomable that in 15 years time we will be chauffeured in our private self driven vehicles as we go about our errands and on our daily commutes.
One part of me rejoices that I may never have to know the worry of being a mother of a ‘boy racer’ or him ending up in a car with a driver under the influence. There is also a part of me that laments a loss of a rite of passage into adulthood that my grandparents, parents and I all enjoyed.
This also got me thinking about the ramifications of driverless cars extending beyond ease and convenience for commuting though, what about those who do it for a living?
And herein lies a conundrum I am realising I now face as a mother, raising a toddler who is going to face a massive amount of uncertainty in a rapidly changing world. At that same conference it was reiterated that a third of the jobs and career paths our children will take don’t even exist yet. So this begs the question, how can I prepare my son for that? I don’t have any answers for this yet but my purpose with this blog is to explore and figure it all out as I go along.