Ikea has started edging its way into smart home products with the recent rollout of a smart lighting system, the Trådfri system, which leverages common ZigBee Light Link technology standards for connected light bulbs. As industries like healthcare, looked to retail for guidance on connecting with the on-demand customer, the retail industry is experimenting with the next stage of digital transformation. With new augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence technology making a splash in 2017, retail is uniquely positioned to take full advantage of these digital tools. PAST DIGITL RETAIL TRANSFORMATION SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Ascena Retail Group Chief Marketing Officer, EVP of Digital Channels – Maurices Bed Bath & Beyond Chief Marketing Officer Best Buy Chief Marketing Officer BJ's Wholesale Club SVP, Marketing Coach Global Chief Marketing Officer Crayola Chief Marketing Officer Frito-Lay, Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Sally Beauty Chief Marketing Officer Sam's Club Chief Member Officer Sears Holdings Corporation President Gifts and Occasions Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
In a finding from a Korn Ferry global survey of 800 top business executives, 44 percent of respondents said that the growth of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence will make people "largely irrelevant" in the future of work. Unlike the earlier generation of robots that operated separately from workers, the new robots work side by side with people and typically take on backbreaking tasks such as stacking tires. At the same time, the growth of manufacturing created millions of new jobs for the displaced farm workers. Scott Adams is practice leader, supply chain and operations for Korn Ferry Futurestep.
With AI or deep learning able to integrate with content marketing efforts, current data suggests that although 57.1% of US marketers remain unlikely to use AI or deep learning in their 2017 content marketing, a significant number felt differently. BrightEdge and Survey Monkey polled 1,019 marketers worldwide and found that a third (31.4%) of respondents said they would use AI to help flesh out their content marketing strategy this year. Meanwhile, 2.8% said they're already using AI to develop their content efforts, eMarketer reports. Three in ten (30%) respondents said they planned to prioritize AI.
Data from BrightEdge, an enterprise search engine optimization (SEO) and content performance marketing company, and SurveyMonkey looked at the probability that US market leaders will use AI or deep learning to develop their 2017 content marketing efforts. While a large share of respondents (57.1%) said they're unlikely to use AI or deep learning in their content marketing, a significant number felt differently. For example, nearly a third (31.4%) of respondents said they were somewhat likely to use AI to help flesh out their content marketing strategy. Meanwhile, 2.8% said they're already using AI to develop their content efforts.
In 45 years' time, though, half of jobs currently filled by humans will have been taken over by an artificial intelligence system, results indicate. On the big question of whether AI would be good or bad for the human race, most felt the probability for a bad outcome was low (10%), compared with a median probability of 25% for a good outcome. Noel Sharkey, a robotics and AI expert at Sheffield University, said: "Survey results about the future can be useful within a five to 10 year range. He said it was inevitable that machines would outperform humans on many tasks but questioned whether this would make the technology comparable to humans.
We included in the survey a block of 10 questions focused on understanding how perceived social pressure impacts people's willingness to use voice commands with their smartphones. It is also interesting to see the impact of the respondent's age on their propensity to use voice commands: In most venues, there doesn't appear to be much difference, but when you get to more public areas, such as at a restaurant with friends, at the gym, in a public restroom, or in a theater, there is a definite tendency for those under 24 to use voice commands quite a bit more than the other age groups (51.6% vs. 38.6% The willingness of those with an income over $100K to use voice commands with their devices in public places, as compared to other income categories is startling! Single males also skew high for using voice commands to play music at 54% vs. 38.6% Those with high income are more likely to get annoyed by people using voice commands with their phone in public (50.8% vs. 41.8% for all responses), but in stark contrast they're also far more likely to do it (42.5% vs. 26.9% Note that 65.9% of women use spoken commands to text, where 54.6% of men do so. Most people agree or strongly agree that voice commands make their smartphone easier to use, with men coming in at 63.8% and women at 56%.
By prefecture, Aichi tops the list with 7,277 non-Japanese children with poor Japanese skills, followed by Kanagawa at 3,947, Tokyo at 2,932, Shizuoka at 2,673 and Osaka at 2,275. The survey also found 9,612 children who hold Japanese citizenship but have poor Japanese skills, needing remedial language instruction. Such children often have no choice but to learn basic Japanese at language schools or in classes provided by nonprofit groups like the center before entering a public school, Hazeki said. "There are a lot of language schools in Japan for international students, but Japan does not have a well-established system to train people who can teach Japanese to those elementary and junior high school children," Hazeki said.
Played on a large square board, with 19*19 squares (chess is 8*8), Go is a two-player game of strategy. While human players of Go heave a collective sigh of relief at the retiring of the top-ranked player in the world, AlphaGo, the rest of humanity, especially governments and policy makers, need to wake up to the level of sophistication in Artificial Intelligence, and plan for its impact on employment. A recent academic paper by scholars at Yale University and Oxford University asked a simple question, "When will AI exceed Human Performance?" According to the survey results, experts predicted that from 2016, it would take 15 years for AI to exceed human performance in retail sales; 12 years to be the best truck drivers; A dozen or so years to generate a chart topping pop song; about 7 years to exceed human performance as a tele-banking operator; about 12 years to fold laundry, and six years to beat us at Angry Birds.
Fears that machines programmed with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities will first take human jobs and then take over the world may not be completely unfounded. A survey conducted by the University of Oxford and Yale University polled 352 AI experts and looked at what the leading minds in machine learning think the timing will be for a variety of AI capabilities, as well as superiority over humans in occupations, superiority in all tasks and potential social impact. The study found that in the next 10 years, AI will outperform humans in activities such as language translation (by 2024) and truck driving (by 2027). Researchers predict there's a 50 percent chance that AI will be better than humans at all tasks in 45 years, and that all human jobs will be automated in 120 years.
Pew Research Center and Elon University surveyed 1,408 people who work in technology and education to find out if they think new schooling will emerge in the next decade to successfully train workers for the future. About two-thirds of the respondents thought it could be done in the next decade; the rest thought that education reform takes too much time, money and political will, and that automation is moving too quickly. "I have complete faith in the ability to identify job gaps and develop educational tools to address those gaps," wrote Danah Boyd, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and founder of Data and Society, a research institute. Jonathan Grudin, a principal researcher at Microsoft, said he was optimistic about the future of work as long as people learned technological skills: "People will create the jobs of the future, not simply train for them, and technology is already central."