Future of Work
Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
“ We’re finally getting at that seminal moment in human history when we can talk to our machines and our machines will understand us in regular, natural language,” says Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Erik Brynjolfsson. In this video, he explores the role of big data in business performance, the rise of robotics, and the decoupling of the historical relationship between gains in productivity, incomes, and jobs. He is the coauthor, with MIT research scientist Andrew McAfee, of Race Against the Machine (Digital Frontier Press, October 2011).
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg launched Fwd.us in a Washington Post opinion piece Thursday, a new group that is lobbying for a new approach to immigration in the U.S.
For any one of us, the "reality" of a situation is just what we choose to pay attention to. Take the wonderful experiment a few years ago when renowned violinist Joshua Bell played for tips in the subway. Thousands of people rushed through that busy metro station barely noticing what seemed to be yet another poor musician on the platform.
For 10 years, trend analyst Sharon Ann Lee was working her dream job, running a youth culture research company called Look Look with smart, energetic employees. She and co-founder DeeDee Gordon were the darlings of the advertising and marketing worlds; their work the subject of a splashy profile by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker . But when it came to the actual workspace, a typical production office in Hollywood, she found herself hating the environment. “I was dreading going there,” she remembers.
The future of work thinking, or real enterprise 2.0 thinking covers many points in the shift of current organisational design; just ask Jon Husband , Gary Hamel and Deb Lavoy . John Hagel describes this knowledge worker 2.0 shift well: In those days, the role of the individual was to follow instructions. That’s why you often had big binders full of instructions at large companies… …it’s about providing individuals with the power to connect, so that they can address things rapidly and do local problem solving. This new landscape challenges the basic core assumptions of management.
Loyola Law School, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
The design of the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, in Italy, helped prompt the polio vaccine.
Jobs are disappearing, but there’s still a future for work. An investment manager looks at how automation and information technology are changing the economic landscape and forcing workers to forge new career paths beyond outdated ideas about permanent employment.
John Markoff has a fascinating long article in Sunday’s New York Times about the ever-greater capabilities of today’s industrial robots (and I don’t just say nice things about the piece because Markoff quotes from Race Against the Machine ). He reports from places as diverse as a Philips factory in Holland, the plant where Tesla roadsters are made in California, and a grocery warehouse in Newburgh, New York. In these and other facilities, he observes the same trend; robots and other modern machinery doing tasks that until quite recently used to be done by humans. These include assembling precision devices full of tiny parts; grabbing products off shelves, assembling them into a giant cube for shipping, then wrapping it in plastic sheeting; and loading and unloading trucks full of packages.
Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of eight books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. Including Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator's Cookbook. His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism.
6 September 2012 Last updated at 23:18 GMT Viewpoint by Prof Lynda Gratton Director, Future of Work Consortium Little big planet: As a result of connectivity and globalisation millions of jobs across the world are disappearing, according to Lynda Gratton What is fundamentally transforming work is extraordinary connectivity. In the near future, at least five billion people around the world will use some form of mobile device to download information, access knowledge and coach and teach each other. Some will have the intellectual capacity and motivation to really make something of this opportunity, wherever they happen to be born.
Sometime last year, the New York Public Library (NYPL) retired its pneumatic-tube system, which had been used to request books for more than a century. This change was made without ceremony or fanfare; I learned of it unexpectedly, when I walked into the catalog room prepared to deliver a call slip to a clerk behind a large wooden desk, only to find a notice directing me elsewhere. For a few moments, I stood there, unmoored, before moving along as instructed. That pneumatic call system had changed little since the library’s open-ing in 1911.
by Andrew McAfee | 12:00 PM August 10, 2012 How do you tell an uplifting, inspirational story about the possibility that droids will take all our jobs? This is the challenge I faced when I was invited by the organizers of TEDxBoston to give a talk about our book Race Against the Machine . As event curator Jimmy Guterman explained to me in our initial conversation, TED talks are not typically dire, dour, or downbeat.
By RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN As more employees work remotely, companies are looking for high-tech ways to hook them in. WSJ's Rachel Emma Silverman experiments with a telepresence robot to zoom around WSJ newsroom and chat with colleagues from her home office in Austin, Texas. I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt. Stopping by a colleague's desk to say hello, I never saw the Nerf ball he aimed at my cranium. Later, when an editor absently patted my head as he passed by, I crashed to the floor.
Here at Maclean's, we appreciate the written word. And we appreciate you, the reader. We are always looking for ways to create a better user experience for you and wanted to try out a new functionality that provides you with a reading experience in which the words and fonts take centre stage. We believe you'll appreciate the clean, white layout as you read our feature articles. But we don't want to force it on you and it's completely optional.
Leading for the future
Talent of the future
Collaboration platforms/ technologies
Org Design, Modus of work, Structure