The university of ennui

Decorative illustration of people facing each other connected to abstract symbols, with the text 'The university of enuui'
Decorative explanation of The university of enuui

Automation has taken the place of most manual and professional employment, and paid work has ceased to be the defining activity of adult humans and posthumans. As a result, there is massively increased demand for higher education that advances creative, critical, philosophical and social skills. University education is extended through life. Ubiquitous technology has liberated humans and posthumans, providing effortless access to information and giving them space and unlimited time to celebrate their social and creative qualities.

However, without work and with the majority of manufacturing industries and services run by AIs, humans are struggling to understand what they are for. In universities the humanities, creative and arts-based subjects reign supreme as individuals seek to understand how to value what is distinct about being human. Education is now focused on supporting learners to navigate personal journeys toward happiness and fulfilment.

Attribution, non commercial


Read short story

Next scenario (Enhanced enhancement)

Higher Education Futures (project page)