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Jobs of the Future: “Cybertherapist”

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Wikistrat recently concluded a geostrategic simulation titled “Jobs of the Future”. This crowdsourced simulation outlined the jobs of tomorrow by building the case — step by step — for their logical emergence in response to socio-economic trends and/or technological advances. The purpose here was to capture and analyze a shifting job landscape.

One particularly intriguing job of the future was that of Cybertherapist.

With the advancement of cyber technologies in competing industries, virtual reality clinical techniques will be introduced to the therapeutic practice. Two therapy-related careers will be launched: Cybertherapy and Cyberpsychology.

Cybertherapy will offer patients psychotherapy and aspects of physical therapy via the Internet. Therapists provide their expert service to patients on specialized websites using virtual reality-based clinical techniques.

Cyberpsychology is related to the different methods individuals are affected by technology (particularly computer technology) and mediated interactions between individuals. Cyberpsychology studies and treats behavior online, but it also researches the broader effects of cyber-technology in online-only interactions that are unique to the virtual world.

Cybertherapy is a rapidly growing field due to the integration of telehealth technologies with the Internet and virtual reality, videophone, audio and video chat, email, SMS and new Instant Messaging. These technologies have been used successfully in a variety of healthcare matters such as assessment, rehabilitation and therapy in clinical psychology and neuroscience. Read More →

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Jobs of the Future: Carbon Capture and Storage Manager

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Wikistrat recently concluded a geostrategic simulation titled “Jobs of the Future”. This crowdsourced simulation outlined the jobs of tomorrow by building the case — step by step — for their logical emergence in response to socio-economic trends and/or technological advances. The purpose here was to capture and analyze a shifting job landscape.

One particularly intriguing job of the future was that of Carbon Capture and Storage Manager.

Mitigating the effects of climate change requires removal of many of the byproducts of burning fossil fuels. New technologies coming online indicate a rapid expansion of work in this field, requiring new jobs for people who are skilled at restoring the atmosphere to levels that mitigate the harshest effects of climate change.

The most promising example of atmospheric restoration is Carbon Capture and Storage. This technology is emerging but has not yet been mass produced. In this process, the CO2 captured through the CCS process is liquefied, and could be used in a variety of different ways. Presently, the main prospected use for the liquefied carbon is in the form of EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery), but researchers are maintaining that it could become itself a form of fuel for jets and cars, and that it could have ramifications in agricultural with the enhancement of crop production.

The ample possible uses of liquefied CO2 make it economically interesting, both privately and publicly, and could help reduce the costs of the technology once past the R&D phase. But liquefied CO2 does not only have commercial implications. Rather, it could become part of an international carbon-trading market, utilizing the same principles as the Kyoto Protocol. Countries could thus ameliorate their environment, or participate in the commerce of their quotas, so that CCS could even become a way for the more heavily industrialized countries to enlarge their cap. Furthermore, there are numerous other forms of recycling the CO2, such as transforming it into methanol or splicing it into hydrogen ions and oxygen gas to create hydrocarbons. Read More →

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New Wikistrat Simulation – Jobs of the Future

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Editor’s Note: Wikistrat’s latest community-wide simulation, “Jobs of the Future” has just launched and will run from April 10th until April 17th, 2013.

The world economy has never undergone more structural change than it is experiencing today, and that rate of change will only grow in the coming years as simultaneous revolutions in computing, nanotechnologies and biological sciences merge into one giant explosion of worldwide innovation (i.e., Ray Kurzweil’s notion of a “singularity”). All those new technologies will beget new products and services – along with new jobs.

That part isn’t new. In 1900, 40 percent of Americans worked in the agricultural sector. Now, only 3 percent do. The tectonic nature of this job shift is not new – just the speed of the advance. And with a rapidly expanding global middle class, many of these new jobs will come with a worldwide reach, serving and drawing labor from all parts of the globe.

In this simulation, Wikistrat asks its strategic community to outline the jobs of tomorrow by building the case – step by step – for their logical emergence in response to socio-economic trends and/or technological advances. The purpose here is not simply to brainstorm a list but to capture and analyze a shifting job landscape.

Want to participate? Apply for membership to the analytic community here.

Stay tuned to Wikistrat’s Facebook and Twitter channels for updates and insights from this simulation!

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