Technology advances daily, no matter how you feel about the new inventions and ideas being churned out. Some voice concerns over what it will do to the workplace, and they’re right to wonder out loud about that. What exactly will happen to us, our jobs, our homes the more we innovate and create?
Progress will march on, whether you’re comfortable with it or not. An article by ITPro has delved into the depths of how this will affect the workplace of the future. With researchers dabbling in artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), they are sure to come up with some ways to save money or assist in productivity in the home and at the workplace. Does this mean we humans will have to fear losing our jobs to the machines? Maybe just a few of us, according to Dr. Ian Pearson.
“[AI] will eradicate a few jobs, but the biggest impact will be in upskilling people and improving productivity, in much the way that a few seconds on Google has already replaced a half day in a library. Less able employees, assisted by powerful AI, will be able to do work previously associated with higher level workers. It will therefore help in self-actualisation and make people happier at work.”
Basically, put your torches down and don’t call for the death of machines just yet. There is definitely a lot of good that AI will provide for the world and the more commonplace it becomes, the more attainable it is for us regular folk. If you don’t think you’d be comfortable with those changes, just think about how far we have already come. As Ian Wilding, founder of ‘digital disruption’ agency Radical Company, pointed out:
“It’s widely accepted technology has made the world a smaller place,” he says. “The rise of instant messaging, video conferencing and mobile devices means UK professionals can connect with partners across the world at the click of a button. The office of the future will take this one step further, facilitating what will be known as holoportation.”
Holoportation? What is that word that’s clearly not even a word yet according to my spellcheck? Wilding cleared that up, too:
“3D capture technology will enable professionals anywhere in the world to be transmitted in a high quality holograph form. This will then allow international meetings to take place without the need for time-consuming travel, as virtual reality 3D teleportation wearables give the impression the meeting is happening before your eyes.”
Okay, so that’s pretty neat, you can’t deny that. And what about virtual reality? What does that bring to the table? So very much, according to Christer Holloman, a former technology journalist and also founder of Divido.com. His thoughts are that VR will change the lives of many workers, mostly the Millenials, who couldn’t dream of wasting precious time commuting.
“They want to work from anywhere, a VR solution can offer us a gateway to a shared virtual workplace. We already offer flexible hours, virtual offices could be next… VR will do to the cost of office space what ‘open office plans’ and ‘hot desking’ did 10 years ago.”
The key to all of this is how technology will be there to help facilitate collaboration among coworkers, which will only help to improve technology. It won’t matter what time you work or where you’re located. Essentially, you will have the global workforce at your fingertips.
We at The Methodology Blog have spoken before about the benefits of working remotely and how it improves employee satisfaction. By using technology and not fearing or running away from it, we will all be better workers and provide better results, once we have the means for those ends, of course.