Across the life stages, from girlhood to golden years, where are there the richest opportunities for AI to enhance women’s lives in the future?
By Rohit Talwar
I have just taken part an extensive survey on the Future of Work, conducted for a UK government department. Below are my thoughts on what the worst-case outcomes might be for the various scenario elements of the Future of Work explored in the study. The focus is on the implications for people management and human resources (HR), and for the Civil Service (CS) Clearly, there are many possible paths to the future and a range of scenarios that could play out. As futurists, we often deliberately use these worst-case scenarios to push back on prevailing assumptions, help people think the unthinkable, and prepare for the most challenging of possibilities. Below you can find the Future of Work elements and my responses on the potential worst case scenario HR and Civil Service implications. that were outlined I’d love to hear your thoughts on the various questions posed.
In the coming decades, the planet’s most heavily concentrated populations may occupy city environments where a digital blanket of sensors, devices, and cloud connected data are orchestrated to enhance humanity’s living experience. A variety of smart concepts are forming key elements of what enable city ecosystems to function effectively – from traffic control and environmental protection to the management of energy, sanitation, healthcare, security, and buildings. In this article, we reflect on the potential personal impacts of the smart city, and its technologies, on the individuals residing there.
Artificial Intelligence, the computer science that aims to replicate the critical functions of the human mind, has increased in power and decreased in cost. SMEs are in a key position to utilise the technology to increase productivity and efficiency and bring down costs. We draw on key themes from our book The Future of Business and our upcoming release The Future of AI in Business to bring insights as to how SMEs can embrace this new technology to the best effect.
Though it has the word “human” in the title, don’t expect HR to remain immune to the impacts of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Technology is reshaping every aspect of society, and its potential HR implications are vast and still revealing themselves. Hiring, training and record-keeping are just some of the ways technologies are set to transform the HR function.
Legal circles are abuzz with talk of artificial intelligence and its potential to transform the sector, generate market opportunities, replace lawyers with machines, or simply be the next over-egged technology that fails to deliver on its early promise and marketing hype.
Every year the Association of Professional Futurists organizes a conference to explore an emerging topic. The 2017 theme was Global Health Futures: People, Planet and Beyond. I am pleased to report that it was a highly rewarding and educational professional development experience.
Campaigning for the UK election is in full swing, Brexit appears to be the dominant issue for the parties and the media, but what longer term issues do citizens want politicians to be debating as we contemplate the next five years in a rapidly changing world? To explore this question, Fast Future ran a flash survey from May 24th to May 30th 2017. The survey was distributed to our own networks and via a range of social medium forums covering all points on the political spectrum. A total of 209 responses were received, with just over 78 per cent of those stating an origin coming from the UK.
Have you caught any of our recent articles in the media? We’ve been writing and researching a slew of cool topics like HR technology, future law firms, Artificial Intelligence and healthcare. Watch for more articles to come as our futures intelligence—and curiosity—keeps growing.