7 tech trends you can tackle with the help of FutureLearn courses

Ever wondered how to grow organs in a lab or potatoes on Mars? From 3D printing to space exploration, here we round up seven important tech trends and highlight how you can tackle them with the help of FutureLearn courses.


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1. 3D Printing

3D printers now cost as little as $100 and people are using them to make everything from cruet sets to toothpaste squeezers. The most important applications of all are in healthcare though, where prosthetics, implants and even organs are starting to be 3D printed. Prepare to be mind blown with our Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts course.

2. Big Data

It’s been called the “sexiest job of the 21st century” and McKinsey predicts that demand for data scientists will exceed supply by more than 50% by 2018. So how do you hop aboard the big data bandwagon? Get a leg up with the courses Big Data: Mathematical Modelling or Big Data: Data Visualisation.

3. Coding

When everyone from Mark Zuck to Snoop Dogg tells us we should learn to code, it’s probably time to listen up. You could start with the widely-used programming language Python with Learn to Code for Data Analysis (no coding experience required), before getting to grips with Functional Programming in Haskell.

4. Cyber Security

Want to know your virus from your trojan? Keen to figure out what bitcoin and blockchain are all about? As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to understand cyber security is super important. Turn your laptop into Fort Knox with Introduction to Cyber Security or Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life.

5. Internet of Things

As more and more devices are connected to the internet and able to talk to each other, we’re seeing the emergence of everything from smart, self-organising factories to smart, self-ordering fridges. Don’t be a 21st century luddite – join the fourth industrial revolution with The Internet of Things and Smart Cities.

6. Robotics

Research from McKinsey suggests that robots could automate 45% of the activities people are paid to do and about 60% of jobs could see 30+% of their activities automated. Rather than worrying about robots taking your job, start making them with Building a Future with Robots and Introducing Robotics.

7. Space Exploration

With visionaries like Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk striving to make space travel more affordable with Virgin Galactic and SpaceX respectively, the idea of a trip to the moon or maybe even Mars isn’t as fanciful as it once was. Channel your inner Mark Watney and prepare for a red planet adventure with How to Survive on Mars.

And if none of these courses are right for you, take a look at all of the courses from our Online & Digital and Science, Maths & Technology categories.

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Comments (5)


  • Karolina

    Doesn’t 3D printing generate dangerous fumes? And what about all this ‘save the ocean’ stuff? Do we need more rubbish? :/

  • Brian

    I am interested in Big Data and Coding for now to enable me to complete my research. With time, I will delve into 3D Printing, Cyber Security and IoT

  • ismail khouya

    i like 3d printing im bigness in this technology and i want buy one 3d printer but i dont know what is the best from this list http://www.3dprintmanual.com/best-cheap-3d-printers/
    thanks for helps me

  • Conchi

    Hi it is my firste online curse un English. Y hope to learn a lot.

  • Manuel Reyes De la Paz

    All of the activities above,make me think that human inmortality is something almost unstoppable.
    They make perpetuation of human raza,a reality & self-catch if we fall…
    After the near-coming,Unconventional World War,we will not develope the next one with “Rocks & Sticks” as a famous Albert Einstein said.