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Tech Firms Tweak Work Tools to Grapple with 'Digital Exhaustion'

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A prototype tool in the Adobe Workfront platform uses artificial intelligence to help reorganize users' days based on priorities they have set and any last-minute changes to their personal and business schedules. Get weekly insights into the ways companies optimize data, technology and design to drive success with their customers and employees. And in March, Google announced updates to its Workspace tools to demarcate working hours and create recurring "away" notifications to lessen digital interruptions. Tweaks like these aim to address concerns on work-life balance from both employees and employers as remote work continues. With employees never leaving the "office," work has seeped into all hours of the day, plus weekends; the lack of in-person time with colleagues has resulted in a glut of video meetings.


Collective Intelligence Is About To Disrupt Your Strategy: Are You Ready?

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A landmark battle raged in New York City on May 11, 1997. This contest was dubbed the brain's last stand and considered the proverbial human-versus-machine duel. In the end, IBM's Deep Blue routed the World Chess Champion at the time, Garry Kasparov. It changed the way humans looked at Artificial Intelligence (AI). Over the next two decades, AI has grown a lot smarter.


AI-powered construction project platform OpenSpace nabs $55M

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OpenSpace, a platform that helps construction companies track building projects through AI-powered analytics and 360-degree photo documentation, has raised $55 million in a series C round of funding led by Alkeon Capital Management. The raise comes amid a cross-industry digital transformation boom, spurred in large part by the pandemic. Construction has often lagged behind other sectors in terms of efficiency, but technology such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and remote collaboration tools have played a sizable role in getting the $11 trillion industry back on track. Founded out of San Francisco in 2017, OpenSpace leans on AI to create 360-degree photos of construction sites, which are captured by builders or site managers who traverse an area with cameras strapped to their hats. All the imagery is sent to the cloud, where computer vision and machine intelligence tools arrange, stitch, and map the capture visuals to the associated project plans.


Aveva stresses artificial intelligence and machine learning

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Aveva, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has stressed how the role of the'Connected Worker' will be instrumental in enabling digital solutions to optimise business returns in a post-pandemic world. Now more than ever, keeping frontline industrial workers safe, while at the same time ensuring business continuity and operational resilience, is vital. For example, Connected Worker technology is helping many Aveva customers maintain their critical operations and keep workers safe, while in parallel saving businesses time and money. Those that haven't digitised their operations will struggle as they face the demand for social distancing and remote work brought on by the pandemic. According to Aveva's Head of Asset Performance Management, Kim Custeau, the business drivers for digital transformation have evolved considerably since the onset of the pandemic a year ago.


Significant Role of AI in Changing and Improving the Job Search and Recruitment Process

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The explosion of AI in terms of use is already taking place in every aspect of individuals' lives. AI has effectively become a crucial part of hiring and recruiting processes. A significant AI and automation in HR innovation pointed toward diminishing and eliminating tedious and time-consuming activities like screening, resume manually. Organizations progressively use this tech to confiscate unconscious bias from recruiting and hiring choices to attract candidates and envisage whether they fit for the position and association. As AI and automation in HR are trained and prepared on information gathered about past or comparative applicants, it can expurgate the effort recruiters need to spend to make a recruit.


Evolving AI in health care with Holographic Telepresence

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AI in health care sector has evolved leaps and bounds. However, there are certain sensitive areas or domains within it, where the magic touch of AI is yet to be felt. Such a domain is that of emergency health care domains like trauma care centres. Apparently, trauma care centres are the most visited because of the rate of accidents that occur daily. May it be motorbike accidents or gunshot wounds, the victims are straight sent to trauma care hospitals every day.


AI Holds The Key To Helping Remote Organizations Maintain Great Culture

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AI offers an intriguing solution to remote worker engagement. How do you know if remote employees are engaged and happy? Do your remote teams have the dynamics that fuel success? Does your vision for your company culture align with how it plays out in real life? Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking the guesswork out of the equation.


Best telepresence robot 2021

ZDNet

How can remote workers make their presence known in their organization? How can enterprises overcome the limitations of video conferencing and enable a level of communication and collaboration that approaches on-site interaction? Telepresence robots have been on the scene for the better part of a decade, though as global upheavals reshape work and reorient attitudes toward remote participation, the technology may finally be primed to break out of its niche user base and go mainstream. The timing is fortuitous: The market is now mature enough that consumers have choices when it comes to feature set and price point. As companies downsize physical locations and revamp their policies toward distributed workforces, telepresence offers both technological benefits and collaboration advantages that will appeal to some employers and workers alike. The current telepresence lineup reflects the range of use cases and intended end-users out there, including a handful of models designed for specific fields and workflows, as well as others that fit organizations of any size.


Free PDF: The future of work: Tools and strategies for the digital workplace

ZDNet

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are mandating remote work or encouraging their employees to work from home. Thankfully, the abundance of digital tools available has provided teams with a seamless transition to remote work. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, helps business leaders understand the trends and technologies that will define the workplace over the next five years. What are the essential tools remote workers need to connect and collaborate? What factors will determine failure or success in this new world of work?


10 Must-Haves of a Highly Engaging Digital Workspace

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Deloitte considers the digital workplace to be the "natural evolution" of the workplace, and defines it as "all the technologies people use to get work done in today's workplace". That might be a simple definition, but the digital workplace already exists in most companies. The image below charts the direction of a simple intranet system employed by many companies to a fully digital workspace. Below we're going to discuss some of the must-haves to make your digital workspace even better than it already might be. Before you start thinking about anything to do with your digital workplace, you need to have a vision about exactly what you want to achieve.