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Extended Child
Adapting to extreme environments, more parents will seek ways to augment their kids via pharmaceuticals, digital technologies, and surgeries, creating new expectations of normal and new kinds of divides.

Explore how this evolves in the 2020 Forecast in Cognitive Modification.

New norms create new expectations for childhood Hyper-parenting will continue to spread and intensify as genetic report cards and body modification with technologies that build the capacity of children become mainstream. These enhancements will create new ideals for “the normal child”—with new kinds of cognitive divides. For example, kids with access to digital appliances, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements, and even surgeries and implants may think differently than kids without access.


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Drivers   Drivers
The vertical side of the left column of the map. These are six categories driving all trends, hotspots and dilemmas. Click on the purple bar for a definition of that driver.
Impact areas   Impact Areas
The horizontal axis of the map. These are five key areas of activity where major trends are revealed from different perspectives. Click on the purple bar for a definition of that impact area.
Hotspots   Hotspots
These are key trends that we think have broad impact on education and often make good starting points for exploring the map.
Dilemmas   Dilemmas
These are issues that can't be solved with either/or thinking but require new strategies that go beyond simple problem solving.

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