Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Work
With the ever-changing advances in the tech industries combined with more corporations embracing the digital era, it’s safe to say the future of work is already here. The modern workplace is rapidly changing as companies are utilizing affordable devices, suites and robots to handle increased workloads, reduce errors and improve efficiency levels. This new demand will ensure reshaping the way we work and do business. A combination of man and machine may seem a bit frightening, however in cases like Uber, business continues to benefit humans with better customer experience.
At a recent artificial intelligence conference, Rob Nail, co-founder of automation-equipment engineering company Velocity11, stated “In a 20-year timeline, every physical task will be able to be taken over by robots.” Although this statistic is jarring, businesses and their employees should be more concerned with the benefits of incorporating robots and artificial intelligence over job security. Below are a few ways the future of the workplace and employee success will benefit from employing our friends R2D2 and Wall-E.
- The Hiring Process: Advancements in Artificial Intelligence will allow companies the upper hand in hiring the right candidates. Most recently, HireVue, a video-interviewing platform, has been created to utilize artificial intelligence to screen applicants based on desired qualities and interview traits.
- Employee/Business Surveillance: Robots can implement a breakthrough level of safety and surveillance for both small and large businesses. With GPS and recording capabilities, robots can more safely monitor business grounds. Online, robots and artificial intelligence can track for threatening emails and viruses and protect from hackers.
- Personal Assistants: Artificial Intelligence will allow more employees to have personal assistants. Google recently published an early version of their proprietary software, TensorFlow. TensorFlow and similar applications will give your personal devices a better understanding of your personality, preferences and habits to eventually assist user’s daily routine.
- Efficiency: Walmart, America’s largest retailer, announced they’re currently testing flying drones to operate their regional warehouses. In 2014, Amazon deployed 10,000 Kiva robots to handle up to four times as many orders than their human counterparts. Robots, drones and more allow for next-level efficiency that lead to business success.
- Employee Growth: When the menial day-to-day tasks at the office are no longer part of an employee’s schedule, they will have more time to apply their knowledge, abilities and skills into project that are more complex and important. Employees will also have more time to develop strategies for marketing and growth, and creativity and innovation; things that cannot be automated. Meanwhile, robotic process automation can be utilized to improve productivity and attain optimum allocation of human investment.