By Judy Savage, Executive Director, New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools
Dr. Donald Sebastian, CEO of the NJ Innovation Institute at NJIT, took New Jersey’s county vocational-technical school leaders on a trip to the future with an engaging and informative presentation about the “Internet of Things.”
“Information is the new electricity,” Dr. Sebastian told the group at their March 9 professional development meeting, comparing the seismic impact that technology has had on the way the world works to the creation of the electrical power grid in the early part of the 20th century.
He said the explosion of data, connectivity and sensors is a transformative trend that is already changing all types of industries, including manufacturing, health care, transportation, utilities, and consumer products.
That connectivity, dubbed the “Internet of Things” or IoT, is already creating new jobs and demanding new skills from employees. By 2020 it is anticipated that the world will have four billion internet-connected people and more than 25 billion connected devices and systems.
What are the key skills needed for success in a hyper-connected economy?
Complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, emotional intelligence, negotiation and cognitive flexibility.
Want to catch a glimpse of that future yourself?