This is Mia Ruby. What is her future?

Her future starts now, just as it does for the other 300,000 or so babies statistically destined to be born in Australia in 2012.

Her future starts now, just as it does for the other 300,000 or so babies statistically destined to be born in Australia in 2012.

And it will be very different to the one

most of us might imagine.

If current trends are anything to go by, today's babies will inhabit a world in which

flexibility and adaptability will be key.

Their life trajectories will be whorls of

activity spinning off into periods of

retraining and reinvention.

Their education will be interactive,

ongoing and probably much more

fun than yours.

They'll have fewer children but work

longer hours, rely more on robots

and less on God, and travel more

for work and less for play.

They probably won't own a house,

but they may well crack the mystery

of consciousness.

And unlike many of us, many of them

will be around to greet the 22nd century.

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