Eldrick scored a hole-in-one.
I viewed this while reading James Barrat’s “Our Final Invention“. Barrat explores the pursuit by Governments and Corporations to achieve the “holy-grail” of artificial intelligence – human-level intelligence.
The pace, extent and nature of automation and the implications for global investment, the structure and funding of “assets”, the nature of a “workforce” and “skills” all interest me [and some of my clients]. Certainly the impact on public policy is increasingly obvious, if not chaotic. Concepts such as “hyper-specialisation“, “virtual work” or even the “Gig economy” are not new, yet the pace and profound nature of many of the changes occurring are yet to be fully identified by even the specialists in these fields. We increasingly see binary or ‘symptomatic’ policy responses to such things as the “uber-isation” of transport.
David Autor, an Economist from MIT has also covered the challenges of inequality, technological change and employment growth. I covered some of his work in 2014 in his piece Polanyi’s Paradox and the Shape of Employment Growth.
I am not sure [yet] that I subscribe to the magnitude of Barrat’s assessments, but there are many in the field that concur, so this does give one a moment [or more] for pause.
The way we work is changing; the opportunities created by globalisation, technological advancement and demographic changes are making us rethink the nature and meaning of ‘work’.
Australian workplaces are facing a revolution in both organisational cultures and working practices; there are greater opportunities to innovate, exercise high degrees of autonomy and flexibility, and yet there are also significant challenges brought about by more uncertainty about employment pathways and job security.
Future of Work: People, Place, Technology explores new ways of working and equips attendees with the knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to and lead the ‘future of work’ by exploring the intersection of three themes: People, Place and Technology.
- Our Final Invention by James Barrat
- Future of Work: People, Place, Technology – Conference
- Polanyi’s Paradox and the Shape of Employment Growth. – David Autor
- Centre for Workplace Leadership