Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
VentureBeat recently published an informative article about an aspect of artificial intelligence that we sometimes overlook: preparing our organizations to embrace and properly capitalize on the benefits that machine learning will offer. Alston Ghafourifar authored the piece. He is the CEO of Entefy, an AI-communication technology company, credited with developing the first universal communicator. While proponents extol the virtues of AI, detractors lament this greater reliance on machines in the workplace, and skeptics wonder about the role of humans in a digital age. The reality is the automation alone won’t render people obsolete or empower businesses to reinvent themselves overnight. We must acknowledge the opportunities and the challenges. “Given the accelerating pace of innovation of new technologies,” Ghafourifar writes, “it’s critical that you address the implications today so as not to get left behind tomorrow.”
In our last article, we examined the disruptions that have accompanied our increasingly digital age. Every business and every worker now stands at the threshold of massive shifts that will shape the future. Our predecessors during the Industrial Revolution must have felt similar stirrings with the advent of new technologies and the beginnings of automation. Today, that revolution has turned digital. Yet that’s not the only major difference. In the 19th century, change was localized and affected isolated groups. Today, change is global. Its impact touches everything and everyone. Its momentum is gaining strength, propelling us forward at a dizzying pace. However, exponential change also holds the promise of exponential growth. For companies to remain relevant and progress, they need stellar talent, agility, and the right technology. Let’s explore a few critical trends that can help business leaders future-proof their workforce -- and their enterprises.