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[...]
At the beginning of April, I discussed the dawning of a cobot workforce: an alliance between machines, like AI and physical robots, and their human counterparts. Because our industry has latched onto the idea of “ecosystems,” it only makes sense that we embrace cobots. Why? Well, different organisms working together for the benefit of an entire system speaks to the nature of symbiotic relationships -- you know, the kind that power highly efficient ecosystems. In this case, those organisms happen to be organic and inorganic intelligence. We’ve touted the advantages of machines in countless articles, but worries about a hostile robot takeover persist. Maybe the best way to dispel the myth of this digital coup is to look at how people (even the detractors) rely on this technology today, without realizing it.
Last summer, Michael Litt, co-founder of Vidyard, revealed that he concentrates more of his company’s hiring strategies on people with a liberal arts education. This may sound counterintuitive in an era where organizations scramble to snag software engineers, big data scientists, AI programmers, and anyone with STEM skills. Yet, with the rush of exciting developments, it’s easy to forget power of our own minds. No breakthroughs occur without the imaginative thinkers who first envision the possibilities. And a small college in California, which produces some of the nation’s brightest STEM students, offers a powerful reminder that creativity is inseparable from science.
There are no two ways about it: robots and AI are going to become a part of the workforce, and we humans are going to have to learn to work alongside a lot of unfamiliar technology. Across all industries, employers are feeling the pressure of a narrowing talent market. Unemployment is at an all-time low, and hiring managers are battling it out to find and recruit the best candidates. It won’t be long before we'll be mingling with the cobot workforce in our everyday lives.