The computers of the future will be able to think and to supervise working machines while the rich play golf or have sex.
To survive in such a future, you will either need knowledge or to be an entertainer.
The knowledgeable will work in boardrooms, while entertainers will dance, crack jokes or walk semi-naked on stage while the rich enjoy food and wine at their evening banquets.
Everything in the future will have a price tag. If you have money, you will buy a politician, a police officer, or a professor. The professors of the future will be intellectual celebrities who don't sit in a dingy university office. They will teach students from across the world via tele-conferencing while seated in a coffee shop.
Observe the lives of acclaimed thinkers like Joseph Stiglitz or Niall Ferguson, if you think I am dreaming.
I don't know a single thinker in South Africa today who writes books that are as influential as those written by Professor Ferguson. Yet this professor is always in the air going somewhere.
The societies of the future will be highly unstable. Inequality will be the normal. The wealth of nations will be concentrated in the hands of a small stratum of superrich individuals who hide behind gated communities and high security walls.
The tragedy is that Adam Smith's invisible hand of the market will never allocate resources equitably. Even the visible hand of politics that is supposed to direct economics will sink into materialist madness. It will be every person for themselves.
So, what will the youth need to survive in that kind of scary future? Four things: cutting-edge knowledge, creativity, versatility, and the art of re-invention.