business intelligence at blue novation

“We must proactively and thoughtfully reinvent the future of work.”​

L. Rafael Reif, President – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

The coming of AI and automation to the workplace means that many tasks that people undertake today may well be automated. Whilst technological advancements have consistently changed the workplace over the past two hundred and fifty years, the pace of change today, and the potential for disruption to the way we work, are essentially unprecedented.

“The new technology is replacing cognitive skills as well as manual skills and so will impact both white-and blue-collar jobs. In essence, AI and robotics are “collar-blind.”

Joseph Auoun
Author of “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

Previously, most people could envisage having just one career during their lifetime. Today, we are looking at a change of career, with a whole new skillset, probably every decade. And as AI takes on many of the routine tasks across jobs and industries, transferable skills such as emotional intelligence, curiosity, creativity, adaptability, resilience and critical thinking, the traits machines can’t emulate, will become highly valuable.

“The speed of change also means that we cannot be focused just on young people entering the workforce for the first time.  To respond positively to Industry 4.0 will require a significant increase in upskilling of the existing workforce.”

New Anglia Emerging Technology Skills Plan 2019

The Skills Revolution is one of the many challenges we face in our current environment. We need to help people to pre-skill, upskill and reskill for the new roles AI and automation create. Worldwide, only 37% of organizations have incorporated AI into their business. (Source: Gartner) Although the figure may not seem that high, it is still a significant almost 270% increase from 2015 and is forecast to continue this rate of growth.

As the pandemic drags on, so does the profound reordering of work and office life. Many office workers have grown accustomed to the flexibility of working from home. The ‘Great Resignation’ in the USA continues, while thousands more are protesting about pay or working conditions. Currently, there is a big labour shortage, with record high rates of people leaving their jobs, which makes talent a scarce commodity. Companies will have to come to terms with this cultural shift and the need for strong soft skills will be important to attract the right people.

Putting the human into AI

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