From the Archive – Future Friday: The explanation of the future is about prediction and not certainty

Many people have been writing about predictions for 2018. I wanted to republish this post from last September as a reminder that there is nothing certain in those predictions. This past week Hurricane Irma ripped through the Southeast, wreaking mass destruction and havoc. Many people in the Southeast are not able to read this blog …

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Future Friday: The future of work- When and What?

I have written about the “future of work” often. I have also written about the skills that will be needed for people to be able to stay employed. I came across an article in SiliconRepublic, written by Jenny Darmody their Careers Reporter. Her article was entitled When exactly is the future of work? She got …

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Future Friday: Are you a Techno-Optimist or a Techno-Pessimist?

Are you fearful that your job will be taken over by technology and you will find yourself in the unemployment line for the rest of your life? Or are you confident that due to your skill sets and your personal adaptability you will be able to work along technology and be a productive member of …

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Future Friday: The dark side of the gig economy

With the projections that 40% of the workforce may be gig workers by 2025 many people are paying attention to the gig economy. With stories if Uber workers making $80,000 or more per year while being free to set their own schedule many people find this attractive. But as with many things there is a …

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Future Friday: A world of those that “can” versus those that “can’t”

Are we creating a work world of those that “can” versus those that “can’t” was the question I had after reading an article in The Guardian. The article was about the future of work and the prognostications about how it is going to change. Let’s face it the world of work is changing already and …

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Future Friday: The end of retirement?

I was reading an article in The Guardian about the five ways work will change in the future. The first four ways dealt with workplace structures, the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence, the increasing use of freelance labor and the increasing use of workplace monitoring. They are all subjects I have written about before in …

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Future Friday: The future of work is all about collaboration

The idea of collaboration has been around for a long time. The word is derived from the Latin work collaborare, which meant to work together, even more basically com (meaning together) and laborare (meaning as you would expect work.) It has both positive and negative meanings. In war time being a collaborator is not considered …

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Future Friday: Repetition may spell the end of your job

I am currently reading Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford. Martin is a software development entrepreneur who has been in computer design and software development over 25 years. Working in Silicon Valley he has seen the effect of automation and robotics on the world of work. The subtitle of his book is Technology and …

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Future Friday: Robots in the workplace is not all doom and gloom

We have read, and I have written about, the coming wave of robotic workers displacing human workers. The unfortunate truth is that this is not going to go away. Many workers, including those in the C-suite, may be replaced by robots if they do routine, repetitive work. Much of HR is included in that prognostication. …

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