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Artificial Intelligence

How to prepare for AI in the workplace

Mention artificial intelligence, and most people think one of two things – either “it’s science fiction” or “robots are going to steal our jobs”. Now it’s true that when it comes to the workplace, AI stands to significantly change the daily work environment, but that change is much more likely to mean increased efficiency and productivity, and not the doom and gloom that many claim. In fact, recent research suggests that robots create jobs – a study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) estimates a 1.8% rise in employment by 2021 if automation and digitalization in industry continues.

The question is, how do you successfully integrate the capabilities of humans and machines in the workplace? Seeing Around Corners, a new book from award-winning author and Founder & CEO of Connectworxs, Graham Hogg, gives tips for employers on how to implement data into every day working life.

Aimed at business teams, Hogg’s experience as an intelligence officer in the Royal Marines Commandos makes the book truly unique. In an environment with such high levels of complexity, the ability of teams to connect with and build foresight from data genuinely had life and death consequences. Hogg believes that business teams face similar degrees of complexity. “The challenge and opportunity of unlocking big data and advanced analytics has never been greater.”

 

Getting big data right

Big data presents a huge opportunity for the workplace because it “helps us understand better”, says Hogg. The increased insight into customers and clients has the potential to be a huge game changer, provided it is connected to the front line – c-suite planning isn’t enough.

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Kate Hoy is Editor of IDG Connect

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