Do you wish to know what future jobs will be?  

The shifting demographics of the Modern world are undoubtedly one of the most profound changes affecting the countries, education systems and the workplace today. Who we will be? ; How we will be like? ; Who will care the elderly? ; What will the role of schools and universities be?  ; What type of new jobs will be created?  

What if we combined: solar + Air + Control = a solar drone system controller  

= ? 

What if we could map humanity’s subjects of interest and combine them to have a better picture what future jobs be like…? Goal: to draw new icons, e.g. ‘a solar drone system controller’. 

A molecular robot (nanobot) mechanic 

2019 Ting Global Ideographs Table is an open source taxonomy for the future education. This framework provides common structure and language for mapping, exploring and protecting of the complexity and volume of innovation happening globally. Licensed under the Creative Commons and as an open source project, the taxonomy is available for everyone to help support their own work with innovation in education.   

IMAGE – The 2019 Ting Global Ideographs Table 

Goal: Cultivate an imaginative future job 

Activity: create new icons 

What Is So Special About The 2019 Ting Global Ideographs (TingraphsTable?  

Communication is a key and a new type of communication can be the key to open a door to a whole new reality. 

Human, same as many other animals, are seeing the world in low order associative thinking, e.g. banana=food; lion=danger, etc., and as humanity formed into civilizations and more complex societies along with them various languages and phonetic have developed to represent sound.  

Mapping – Exploring – Protecting. With higher orders of thinking and with new advanced tools humanity is making progress towards better understanding our world. For example, the 16 to the 18 centuries are known as a Golden Age where European explorers crossed the seas and unknown territories until we had completed mapping the picture of the world.  

Now we are at a start of a Golden Age of innovation and of exploring new intellectual lands.  

In modern times human have developed and created a whole new world with many new technologies and tools that can be expressed with sound but don’t necessarily have matching symbolic representations using simple images. If it was fire, tree, house, lion, banana, etc. (See for example Doodle God) nowadays there are new objects and technologies that are forming the world around us and becoming integral parts of our everyday life: VR, AR, V2X, 3D printing, smart cites, hologram, satellites, digital money and so on.  

Then why do we need symbolic representations? Why do we need ideographs when we can express our thoughts so accurately with well written words and phonetic?  

Well, the human brain `see` images and it’s easier for it to combine images as to come up with new ideas, and that’s the secret of TING Global Ideographs Table, with ideographs symbolically representing new world tools, objects, topics of interest, cutting edge technologies, and the various combinations we can achieve, inspiring us to come up with new ideas and their ideographic/iconic representation.   

See for example why the emojis/emoticons have formed.  In a digital world, many people find emojis an exciting way of communicating, it is fast, easy and fun. Most words we use have an entirely arbitrary relationship with the external, ‘real’ world, and so does the way that we write them down. This is especially true in the case of alphabetic scripts. Some other writing systems, such as Chinese characters, preserve at least an echo of pictorial relationships between the symbol and the thing it represents. Emojis, by design, make a direct link between written communication and the ‘real’ world, by using (very conventionalized) pictures or icons. We also don’t necessarily substitute an English word for an emoji when we read a text that contains one. 

IMAGE: Xu Bing – Book from the Ground, A book without words, recounting a day in the life of an office worker, told completely in the symbols, icons, and logos of modern life. 

So then how should we consider emojis or tingraphs collectively? Are they a ‘language’, albeit one that is only used in writing? You can send someone an entire message consisting of emojis. But you probably can’t use emojis by themselves as a self-contained way of communicating with people without sooner or later needing to resort to English, Hebrew or another language (or alternatively choosing to keep your communication very restricted in its content). In this way emojis differ from languages like English or more specialist languages like British Sign Language or American Sign Language, and this is why most linguists wouldn’t say that emojis constituted a language in the strict sense, even though it’s impressive how much content people can often manage to communicate using them. 

However, people do use the word language metaphorically – as is the case when people talk about programming languages, body language, and the language of dance – to describe all sorts of codes and methods of communicating that don’t meet all of the criteria for a linguist’s definition of a language like English, and hence it’s not surprising that people also often refer to emojis as a ‘language’. Now think of the ideographs in TING Global Ideographs Table, what each represents?  What type of ideas and new ideographs/icons the combinations of those can inspire us to come up with? What type of future jobs and ventures the combinations of those can inspire of us to come up with?   

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