Future of Work and Organisations

By Andy Spence | Including people management, technology, demographics, workplace and rethinking organisations - all with an added dose of randomness.

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

Basic Income

Biology, Blockchains and Quantum Physics

How to thrive in the Snapchat economy<p>We inhabit a world of emergence, uncertainty and unforeseeable change. The greatest opportunities for advantage …

Connectivism

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

21st Century

Robots aren’t killing jobs fast enough—and we should be worried

Never has there been more discussion of the disruption of work and, by some measures, never has there been less disruption.<p>It could be the calm before the AI-aided storm. It could also be a sign of a stagnating American economy.<p>“Take a deep breath and calm down,” write the authors of a recent study …

World Economic Forum

Five lessons from history on AI, automation, and employment

History tells us that in the long run, technology is a net creator of jobs. Is this time different?<p><b>Technology adoption can,</b> and often does, cause …

CBA preparing for ‘machine-to-machine economy’

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is gearing up for a future in which machines will have their own bank accounts and pay for replacement parts and …

The Blockchain Man

The term Organization Man is a rich one. From it, we can conjure up an image and a life. It’s a man, not a woman. He’s white, standing somewhere …

Bitcoin

China’s audacious and inventive new generation of entrepreneurs

“NEW era, new revolution. I am a MAKER, for the hearts of the dream.” So goes a rallying cry carved in giant letters on the wall of a warehouse in …

Innovation
Bitcoin

The digital future of work: Is the 9-to-5 job going the way of the dinosaur?

Independent work is on the rise, thanks in part to new digital platforms that allow people to find work and offer their skills. What will this do to …

The Workplace

We've Seen the Future of Work in 2030 and It's Pretty Insane

It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi dystopia (Aldous Huxley's <i>Brave New World</i>, anyone?), but according to a new report, the year 2030 …

The Workplace

AI for everyone - How companies can benefit from the advance of machine learning

This article titled "Wie Unternehmen vom Vormarsch des maschinellen Lernens profitieren können" appeared in German last week in the "Digitaliserung" …

Intelligence

Automation Could End Meaningless Jobs—And None Too Soon

What makes your work valuable?<p>Does it fulfill you? Allow you to connect with or help people? Contribute to a greater good?<p>Or does its value come from …

Basic Income

Mistrust in America could sink the economy

AMERICA is a grumpy and confused place. For an overarching explanation of what has gone wrong, a decline in trust is a good place to start. Trust can …

Economics

When Jobs Become Commodities

<b>By Thomas H. Davenport</b><p>We don’t typically think of the jobs that we perform as commodities. The Merriam-Webster entry on commodity describes it as “a …

New Economic Spaces

The new technological environment of business is marked by conflicting constraints and value-creating relationships that change rapidly and …

Why Blockchain Is The Future Of The Sharing Economy

Everyone’s talking about blockchain, but you’re still not entirely sure what it is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s something that Jack Dorsey, the CEO and chairman of Square and CEO of Twitter, described this week as the “next big unlock,” and something that, according to Dorsey, is normally …

Bitcoin
Trends

Culture for a digital age

Risk aversion, weak customer focus, and siloed mind-sets have long bedeviled organizations. In a digital world, solving these cultural problems is no …

Management

Competing in a world of sectors without borders

Digitization is causing a radical reordering of traditional industry boundaries. What will it take to play offense and defense in tomorrow’s …

Intelligence

"Ethereum Island" May Soon Exist Off the Coast of Africa

Global Blockchain Hub<p>Ethereum startup ConsenSys and the African nation of Mauritius are actively exploring a partnership. This collaboration would …

Bitcoin

The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye

At first glance, the organization chart for the maker of True Story, a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the …

Management

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Mojave Desert

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

7 Startups Giving Artificial Intelligence (AI) Emotions

Shares 271<p>We’ve written <i>a lot</i> about artificial intelligence (AI) here at Nanalyze, and just when we feel like there’s not much more we can add to the …

Robot Overlords: AI At Facebook, Amazon, Disney And Digital Transformation At GE, DBS, BNY Mellon

Searching recently for evidence of artificial intelligence taking over our jobs, lives, and everything else, Tom Davenport came up empty. “Nary a robot overlord to be found,” he declared at the 14th MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. A day later, at the 3rd RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit, I found many humans …

Intelligence

Cognitive collaboration: Why humans and computers think better together

Article<p>Cognitive collaboration Why humans and computers think better together<p>January 23, 2017<p>Some have voiced fears that artificial intelligence …

The Seven Deadly Sins Preventing Meaningful Work

People are more likely to view work as meaningful when it mattered to others more than just to themselves. In our article, “What Makes Work …

Employee Engagement