Holograms and body implants are the future of communication, says charity survey

Barnardo’s polled adults and children to find out what they thought the main forms of communication will be in 2049.

Joe Lepper | 23rd Sep 19

Holograms and body implants will become a major way young people communicate within the next 30 years, according to the results of a charity survey.

The poll by children’s charity Barnardo’s asked for more than 3,000 people’s views on how they think young people will interact in 30 years time.

This found that only 9% of adults and 13%of children polled think that young people will still write messages to each other in 2049.

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Instead holograms for communication was cited by 39% of children and 28%of adults polled.

Body and brain implants as a way of communicating was mentioned by 31% of young people and 22% of adults.

Those surveyed are also predicting that a new language involving emojis will emerge by 2049, cited by a fifth of adults and a quarter of young people.

Smart watches and augmented reality glasses will also increase as a communication tool, say respondents.


Online protection

The survey findings have been released to coincide with a report by Barnardo’s called Generation Digital, which calls for better legal protection for children online.

It has also been timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

The survey also found that almost all adults surveyed (83%) believe that young people are at risk online from dangers such as bullying, grooming and exploitation.

The charity wants schools and families to be better supported in teaching children about online safety.

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Children’s views also need to be taken into account when developing policy on digital technology, says Barnardo’s.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said: “In the last 30 years the way children and adults communicate has changed beyond recognition, so it’s no surprise that in the next 30 years we are headed towards the stuff of science fiction.

“The internet and new technologies have transformed how young people learn, play and communicate – but it’s also created new risks to children’s safety and wellbeing.

“Our laws and systems must keep pace with technological change so we can protect children effectively on and offline.

“This requires urgent changes today – like regulating the internet and giving children the skills to stay safe – but also a longer-term commitment from Government, charities, industry, and other partners, to put children first in an ever-changing digital world.”