Workplace of the Future

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

How to ensure your employees fail in the workplace of the future

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As artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and other intelligent technologies transform the workplace, enterprise employees are being told they must become highly adaptable and be committed to learning throughout their careers to ensure their relevance. Likewise, enterprise leaders are advised that success in the fast-moving digital economy relies on their ability to harness the […]

“Ethical” AI is a great idea, but is it possible?

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Concerns about “evil” machines have been around about as long as the science fiction genre, but these fears have taken on added urgency in recent years as machines that can think and act have become increasingly commonplace. Yet there are no inherently “evil” machines. Instead, the conclusions drawn (and actions taken) by AI-powered systems and […]

Predictive evaluations: Using AI to reward (or punish) employees for future performance

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Human resources professionals are (or soon will be) using artificial intelligence (AI) to recruit and interview job candidates, to measure an employee’s value, and to conduct performance assessments. The next step — which some companies are already taking — is to use AI to assess not past, but expected future performance. From Bloomberg‘s Rebecca Greenfield: Using […]

Tips for building a culture of innovation

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Organizations remain competitive by continually improving performance in business-critical ways. That’s why disruptive technologies such as the internet, wireless networking, mobile devices, and automation are invaluable: They allow enterprises to do something dramatically better than they were doing it before, such as making it easy for consumers to purchase goods and services without visiting a […]

Will the blockchain train ever arrive?

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Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology developed to support bitcoin, will revolutionize how enterprises across multiple industries increase the security, speed, and accuracy of financial and data transactions while reducing costs. Or maybe not. For all the money being spent on blockchain development by organizations and investors — not to mention the blockchain-related jobs boom that […]

Can AI help workers break free of their cognitive shackles?

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One of the biggest challenges facing enterprises as artificial intelligence (AI) and other intelligent technologies invade the workplace is how to help employees adapt. For many workers, especially older ones, learning how to work with intelligent technologies — not just as tools but as collaborators — may be difficult. Then there are the employees who are […]

Will voice technologies liberate us from our device masters?

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You see it everywhere: People walking on the sidewalk, sitting at a restaurant table, riding a train or bus, their eyes glued to the tiny screen in their hands. There’s probably a guy out there who proposed to his girlfriend while simultaneously checking his texts. (Hopefully she texted him “no.”) It is no less than device […]

Six-figure tech jobs you can do in your pajamas

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One of the most enticing benefits enterprises can offer their employees is the opportunity to work from home. Working remotely provides employees with increased schedule flexibility, while also helping them avoid the cost and time spent commuting to and from an office. Couple that freedom with a high salary, and now you’re talking about a […]

Survey: IT security pros embrace — but fear — artificial intelligence

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Roughly seven out of eight IT security professionals believe artificial intelligence (AI) would help improve enterprise security, according to a recent survey. But nearly as many respondents are worried about AI being weaponized against their networks. “There is much concern about the impact of AI on company security defenses and about attackers using AI against […]

If consumers can be concerned about AI, so can workers

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One frequently voiced concern about intelligent voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Home is that they can eavesdrop on their owners. Which, it turns out, they can! And while this form of virtual spying mostly is used to deliver targeted ads to device owners (“Hey, that’s weird; we were just talking about beer, and now […]