The workplace of 2040: Mind control, holograms and biohacking are the future of businessWhat  will the workplace look like in 2040? Imagine remote working via hologram, commuting by jetpack, even controlling your office with your mind. MYOB has released its ‘Future of Business: Australia 2040’ report, which examines the possible impact of emerging technologies on business and work over the next 25 years. While all manner of business interactions will continue to be “formalised, automated and digitised”, the biggest effect will be on what we currently call ‘the workplace’, according to MYOB chief technology officer Simon Raik-Allen. Driven by the rising cost of energy and transport, the focus of 2040 will be the ‘suburban village’. “You will live, work, eat and learn primarily within walking distance of your house,” he writes. Communities will pool their resources, people will trade with neighbours and list skills on local noticeboards, drones will deliver packages between communities or “even a coffee and a bagel to your current location”. Forget the traditional office or even the remote workspace — localised centres based around suburbs or communities will emerge as the home of business as a response to the growing expense of traditional inner-city office buildings, Mr Raik-Allen says. These giant warehouses, used by employees from many different companies spread around the globe, will be home to the technology that makes the interconnected workplace possible. “Within each will be rooms filled with giant wall-sized screens allowing us to work in a fully virtual, telepresence model. Banks of 3D printers would be continually churning out products ordered by the local community.” Long a dream of science fiction, personal flight via jetpacks is getting closer to reality than ever. The Martin Aircraft Company in Christchurch has developed a jetpack capable of flying for more than 30 minutes at altitudes of up to 800 feet. “For fans of science fiction from the ‘60s and ‘70s, a number of flying cars have also been developed recently, though few have reached further than the prototype stage,” he writes.
The Martin Aircraft version is currently designed as a first-responder or unmanned transport vehicle, so those eager to go jetting around the skies like Boba Fett may have to wait a few more years. More