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Augmented Workforce: The Emerging Trend towards the Future of Work


The development and advancements of technology are rapidly changing the nature of work and the workforce. The relentless growing connectivity and cognitive technologies are making it possible where humans and machines can work side-by-side at a shared workplace, enhancing the abilities of the human workforce. Today, as the workplaces are evolving to a flexible workforce driven by technology advances, software, automation, IoT, robotics, and artificial intelligence, among others, almost every job in every discipline is being revived. With the introduction of new technology, companies now have opportunities to power the workplace and augment their workforce to perform tasks effortlessly. The increasing proliferation of intelligent automation into the workplace is taking away a lot of tedious, repetitive works that used to overwhelm workflow, freeing up employees to focus on more valuable tasks.

Free PDF: Robotics in the enterprise


From food delivery and disinfecting offices to retail services and surgeries, robots are increasingly sharing our workplaces. How are enterprises adapting to the explosive growth in robotics and robotic systems? ZDNet and TechRepublic published a PDF ebook: Robotics in the enterprise to find out. In "Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know," ZDNet contributor Greg Nichols provides an executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market. ZDNet's Daphne Leprince-Ringuet investigates what work will look like as robots start mingling with humans in their workplaces in her feature, "The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work."

The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work


If you go to the Makr Shakr bar in Milan, a top-notch rooftop venue overlooking the city's famous cathedral, you won't be greeted by any bartenders -- that is, of the human kind. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, looks at how the explosive growth in robotics is affecting specific industries, like healthcare and logistics, and the enterprise more broadly on issues like hiring and workplace safety. Instead, you'll be able to order your cocktail via an app, playing around with how strong you want the drink to be, or selecting add-ons like bitters or lemon; and your order will be sent straight to the double-armed robot working behind the bar. Emanuele Rossetti, CEO of Makr Shakr, explains that the robot can be up to four times faster than a real-life bartender in preparing customers' drinks. "But that's not very fun to watch," he argues, and so the robotic arms have been slowed down to match the pace of a human. SEE: An IT pro's guide to robotic process automation (free PDF) (TechRepublic) The Makr Shakr can prepare two types of drink: easy ones, like a rum and coke, but also the more complex ones, which require the shaking-and-stirring that are the signature moves of bartenders.

Artificial intelligence – the greatest opportunity for women? - Welcome to the WISE Campaign


Sarah Burnett, Vice President at Everest Group, Computer Weekly top 30 influential women in IT, chair of BCS Women and founder of WISE members, BCSWomen AI Accelerator In March this year, I launched the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accelerator for WISE members, BCSWomen to make AI more relevant to women and encourage more females into computing. Just … Continue reading "Artificial intelligence – the greatest opportunity for women?"

9 ways AI can transform your employee experience


The future of work is happening now: despite skeptics prophesying growing unemployment rates, AI not only creates new job roles but also changes the employee experience for the better. Assisted with AI tools and analytics, workers no longer have to spend hours (and, consequently, years) on meaningless routines, since they can focus on job aspects that truly bring value. So how will artificial intelligence transform employee experience and enhance employee engagement? Read on to learn how AI contributes to digital workplace transformation. From reducing time-to-hire to automating boring rule-based tasks, AI tools not only increase efficiency but also change employee experience for the better.

How AI is helping maintain social distance at Indian factories - ET CIO


Jayantha Prabhu, Asfar Khan, Parna Ghosh (L- R)Whether it was to help with real-time information or develop chatbots for seamless customer service, Artificial Intelligence has helped with majorly everything at the enterprise level. Today, in the fight against Covid-19, social distancing is the only thing that is helping us to contain the virus. And once again AI has come to the rescue. To complement the employee's effort and help maintain social distance protocol in the workplaces, companies are deploying AI-enabled social distancing detection tools. These tools can detect if people are keeping the required distance between themselves.

AI: A Remedy for Human Error?


Human error is one of the greatest causes of data breaches worldwide, but the seeming inevitability of it makes human error especially dangerous While malicious or criminal attacks can be combatted by state-of-the-art cybersecurity software, and while you can prepare for IT failures with a diligent backup strategy, human error is still in need of a remedy. Humans are naturally prone to making mistakes. Such errors are increasingly impactful in the workplace, but human error in the realm of cybersecurity can have particularly devastating and long-lasting effects. As the digital world becomes more complex, it becomes much tougher to navigate

First COVID-19 case in California Capitol after staffer tests positive

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An Assembly employee tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the state Capitol, according to an email sent to legislative staffers Monday. The positive case comes as the Legislature has taken unprecedented measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 inside the building, including health screenings and temperature checks at the entrances to the Capitol. Elevators have been limited to one person per ride and strict limits established on in-person seating for public hearings. The Assembly staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 had been working in the building last week. "The employee did not perform work in any office other than their own Capitol office suite, had minimal interactions with a co-worker, and wore a face covering while in the workplace," Debra Gravert, the Assembly's chief administrative officer, wrote in an email to employees Monday.

AI is the Answer in Today's (HR) Workplace - LBi Software Blog


The world of artificial intelligence is booming. This next-gen innovation is more influential in the workplace than ever before. AI can be described as the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, most specifically computer systems. From transforming productivity to eliminating repetitive administrative tasks and transforming internal communications and support, AI is here to stay. And Artificial Intelligence can benefit HR departments of all sizes.

Robots will take 50 million jobs in the next decade. These are the skills you'll need to stay employed


More than 90 million workers across Europe (about 40% of the total workforce) will have to develop significant new skills within their current roles in the next ten years, as automation puts 51 million jobs at risk, warns a new report from analyst firm McKinsey. And almost all of today's European workers will face some degree of change as their jobs evolve because of technology. But although the statistics seemingly feed into a common fear of robots taking over our jobs, quick conclusions needn't be drawn: the research also shows that employment growth in other sectors will largely compensate for overall job loss. SEE: An IT pro's guide to robotic process automation (free PDF) (TechRepublic) So much, in fact, that Europe might find itself short of up to six million workers by 2030. As new opportunities emerge in fields like technology, for example, McKinsey anticipates that finding sufficient workers with the required skills to fill the jobs that are being created on the continent will be challenging.