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With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid pace, understanding its impact on work and the workforce is a central concern for people professions. Organisational responses to the pandemic highlighted just how reliant we have become on technology. (August 2022)

In 2020, women represented roughly 47 percent of the US labor force. Furthermore, in 2019, women received the majority of graduate certificates, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees from US institutions. A 2020 World Economic Forum report, however, found that women make up only 26 percent of data and AI positions in the workforce, while the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI’s 2021 (June 2021)

At PwC, we’ve been using AI to redesign our offices with optimal, socially distanced spacing and alternative uses for office space as we strategize our return to work. Yet, less often have I seen AI build and guide emotional support at companies. Thinking ahead to employees’ needs as many transition back to office life, it might go without saying, but there will be a massive opportunity to do so. (July 2021)

Alarm over the rise of artificial intelligence tends to focus too much on some distant point in the future, when the world achieves Artificial General Intelligence. That is the moment when — as AI’s boosters dream — machines reach the ability to reason and perform at human or superhuman levels in most activities, including those that involve judgment, creativity and design. (Washington Post, Opinion by Daron Acemoglu 21 July 2021)

‘…In a Korn Ferry Institute study where 800 leaders shared their views on people’s place in the future of work, two-thirds of respondents said that technology will create greater value than people will...’ (30th July 2020)

Artificial intelligence is approaching critical mass at the office, but humans are still likely to be necessary, according to a new study by executive development firm, Future Workplace, in partnership with Oracle. 

The idea of robots as important elements in the business world may conjure a science-fiction view of the future. 

One kind of robot has endured for the last half-century: the hulking one-armed Goliaths that dominate industrial assembly lines. These industrial robots have been task-specific — built to spot weld, say, or add threads to the end of a pipe. 

As costs come down and cobot capabilities increase, small business is poised to benefit in several ways from adopting automation technology has made robotics less expensive. 

Losing a job can be stressful and demoralizing. Seeing your role replaced by automation is an additional stressor that more workers will have to contend with and worry about in the future. Robots are already replacing people in some jobs. 

Fear and apprehension relating to the potential of new generations of robots leading to mass unemployment tends to move up a notch whenever a shiny new piece of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology is unveiled. 

Millions of jobs are likely to be displaced by automation but we have less to fear from robots than some might think, a report from the World Economic Forum has suggested. The Swiss think tank predicts that robots will displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022 but create 133 million new ones.

A recent report from the World Economic Forum predicted that by 2025 the next wave of automation – turbocharged by the pandemic – will disrupt 85m jobs globally. 

It’s easy to get an impression of the way robots are changing our daily lives: simply think of the self-serve pump next time you stop for gas. Such progress was hard to imagine when gas stations began. Now, even residents in rural counties in the U.S. have access to such robots. That’s just one example of how artificial intelligence affects the way we live.

It has the potential to be either one of the most beneficial technological revolutions in human history, or the most devastating. Expert polls have shown that most AI researchers expect artificial general intelligence (AGI) or similar systems within decades, able to perform all cognitive tasks at super-human level. 

Business owners are swamped with decisions, tasks, and responsibilities. With all these stressors, it is important to keep certain elements of the business as simple and streamlined as possible. This may include the use of technology, and even artificial intelligence to support operations. (Gloria Martinez - gloria@womenled.org) 

When reflecting on the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, a number of things immediately spring to mind. These include the industrial internet of things (IIoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robots and 3D printing for example. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had massive economic impacts in the United States, and one of the problems many companies have been facing as a result is how to keep business moving along without putting employees at risk of being infected.

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