Workplace of the Future

Chris Nerney's take on the latest developments in mobile and workplace technology

Why email still isn’t going away

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Technology and culture pundits have been predicting the demise of email for years. In this article from 2007 titled “The Death of E-Mail,” Slate‘s Chad Lorenz wrote, “You could chalk up the decline of e-mail to kids following the newest tech fads. You’re not cool if you’re not on Facebook or MySpace, and everyone wants […]

Evil In = Evil Out: Teaching AI to be bad

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In a recent post I talked about the importance of data quality to machine learning and the effective use of neural networks, which rely on algorithms that process data in order to “learn.” The principal is simple and timeless: Garbage in = garbage out. But there are different types of data garbage. There’s the innocent […]

Robots are being trained to read human thoughts

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If you use a voice assistant such as Alexa, Siri, or Cortana in your home or office, you’re interacting in real-time with an intelligent machine. In coming years this will be so common that no one will really think about it. But a team of academic researchers recently demonstrated that live human interaction with machines […]

How voice-activated technology can transform your workplace

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It’s great asking Alexa or Google Home or Cortana about the weather forecast for Seattle (rain again!), or what “proprioception” means, or who the Washington Nationals are playing tonight. But those are pretty simple transactions: Ask a direct question requiring a narrow, definable answer, and you get that answer. This is very useful as far […]

How AI can overcome human bias in hiring decisions

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are being used by enterprise human resources (HR) professionals to streamline the hiring process (as I wrote back in April). Not only can AI-powered virtual assistants “converse” with job applicants, they can schedule interviews for candidates who appear promising. While reducing time-to-hire can help organizations fill staffing needs more quickly […]

The Achilles’ heel of neural networks and machine learning

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Humans learn first by naturally absorbing and processing data about the world around them. Later, as they begin to understand language, they can be “programmed” through formal representations of information — listening to older people and asking questions, reading, and watching/listening to video and audio content. There are a number of factors that determine how […]

More enterprises bullish about impact of change

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Enterprise leaders are increasingly confident that rapid changes in the workplace over the next five years will benefit their organizations. More than four out of five respondents (84 percent) to the 2018 Future Enterprise Survey by global corporate law firm Seyfarth Shaw said they were optimistic about their enterprise’s “ability to turn future-of-work changes into a business advantage,” […]

Not using a chatbot or voice assistant at work? You will be soon

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Voice assistants and chatbots are becoming commonplace in the home. Even your grandparents are used to asking Google Home or Echo Dot what the temperature is or, if they really want to go crazy and take it for a spin, what time it is in Anchorage, Alaska! But how much are intelligent voice assistants and […]

Cloud service providers (CSPs) of the future to offer more “intelligence”

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Cloud service providers (CSPs) are beginning to offer intelligent technologies to enterprise customers as a way to separate themselves from competitors, according to a recent market report. “To grow market share, many cloud service providers (CSPs) are introducing specialized compute instances, which target data-intensive workloads and ease the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine […]

The blockchain opportunity beckons

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It’s no secret that a good way to stay employed in the technology industry is to have relevant skills. And a way to stay lucratively employed is to have relevant skills that are in high demand. That means identifying emerging technologies that will generate an ecosystem of jobs, and then learning the skills necessary to […]