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Man Vs Machine - The Future Of The Employee

Posted on Dec 9th 2015

An often debated topic is where the employees’ future is heading some want promotion, others want the ability to learn new skills but are we moving into a new automated age?

Technology is evolving with such a speed that any prediction of more than 5 years ahead maybe a shot in the dark. However, one thing’s for certain – more jobs will be automated.

Capitalism, despite being the most successful economic and political system to date, means for a company to stay ahead of the game it needs to constantly innovate, add value and offer an unrivalled service to please the end user. Could the nothing beats a “well-oiled machine” approach be the answer to maximise performance and results.

Where are we seeing artificial intelligence already playing a part in everyday society?

  • Unmanned aerial combat vehicles – currently only China, Israel, France, India, Pakistan, the US and the UK possess drones capable of delivering missiles
  • Factory Production lines and the ability to do repetitive jobs with speed and accuracy
  • Taxi’s – autonomous vehicles’ though no primary legislation has been created to operate on UK roads and development is still in its infancy stages

A study from Oxford University has suggested that 35% of existing UK jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years. A major breakthrough in artificial intelligence came in 2008 and you’ll be surprised as it’s a small feature, an app, Google’s speech recognition! Google pioneered a new approach: thousands of powerful computers, running parallel neural networks, learning to spot patterns in the vast volumes of data streaming in from Google's many users. At first it was still fairly inaccurate but, after years of learning and improvements, Google now claims it is 92% accurate.

Machines can do many things such as calculations, data collection, faster and more accurate than any human being. Yet, what a machine will never be able to replace is a human being that shows human characteristics in their day to day job – compassion, creativity and intelligence and robots engaging in office banter isn't happening any time soon.

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(Source Nesta – an innovation charity with a mission to help people bring ideas to life)