15 Technologies Transforming the Workplace

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  1. Social Media

The barrier of entry into this new landscape is very low, but it is very hard to master it. Indeed, we now have a situation where many teenagers have more leverage in this landscape than Fortune 500 companies with massive marketing budgets.

 

  1. Automation and Robotics

Many immediately think of manufacturing companies when they hear those words, but we will soon see these machines everywhere.

 

  1. Artificial Intelligence

This is still in its infancy, but I would contend that this is the most disruptive technology of the 21th century. We could soon see the dawn and rise of big companies where over 90% of “employees” are A.I.’s.

 

  1. Digital Typing Tools

It is easy to forget that pen and paper were the staples of work life until very recently.

 

  1. Mass Data Collection and Analysis (Big Data)

While there are many unresolved privacy questions pertaining to this field, it does open-up the opportunity to find new important patterns in data.

 

  1. Virtualization of a Hitherto Physical Workplace (e.g. VR, Skype, and cloud-offices)

The costs of building and maintain a physical company will always be more than a virtual one. We will increasingly see the virtualization of hitherto physical workplace activities, concomitant with the rise of wholly virtual companies.

 

  1. Rise of e-Learning

Continuing education is more important than ever, and new digital learning platforms like edX makes it much easier to combine work and education.

 

  1. Internet of Things (IoT)

Everything will soon connect and communicate on the internet, and that enables allot of improvements and opportunities.

 

  1. 3D Printing

We have already seen this transform work for architects and engineers, but the implications of this tech goes far beyond that… virtually everything will soon be printable. This will dramatically change company’s reliance on various suppliers.

 

  1. Optimization Programs

Various companies are developing programs offering continuing consulting solutions.

 

  1. Cloud Computing

It is fully conceivable that computing becomes fully subscription based in the future.

 

  1. Cybersecurity

Hacking will be a huge problem going forward: ransomware, spying, plagiarism, sabotage etc. Unfortunately, many employees exhibit gross naiveté of what constitutes safe computer use, which compromise the security of the entire company.

 

  1. Handheld Computers

We see increasing number of companies developing apps such that employees can work through such devices.

 

  1. Gamification

This has the potential of making work more enjoyable and employees more self-improvable.

 

  1. Virtual Outsourcing and Freelancing Services

This will be a big topic going forward.

 

So, there you have it, leave your thoughts below.

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