Every group of people has a set of skills that they think of as fundamental — but what those skills are tends to change a lot, depending on where, and especially when, you are. Here are the skills that, if they do survive in the future, may be so fundamentally changed that we can no longer even recognize them.
Handwriting is dying out in general, but cursive especially. Does anyone under the age of twenty ever use it anymore? They will, if the minds behind Lernstift have anything to say about it. They've got a haptic smart-pen that will spellcheck your script, but does that really make it any more enticing?
"These kids are losing time where they create beauty every day," Professor Christen said. "But it's hard for me to make a practical argument for it. I'm not one who's mourning it because of that; I'm mourning the beauty, the aesthetics."