By Yazad Dalal, Head of HCM Strategy, EMEA at Oracle
We read a lot about how AI, machine learning, robots and automation in general are changing the workplace – and how many people seem to be afraid of what that change represents.
As someone who works for a company whose technology is helping to enable this change, I think about this a lot. The fear, to me, is misplaced, in part because people don’t stop to consider three important things about work and technology.
1. Change is Inevitable
Technology-driven change in the workplace is inevitable. The workplace of today is remarkably different from even the recent past and the pace of change is accelerating with zero pauses.
Most of what we think of as blue-collar jobs only came into existence about 200 years ago, as technology made factories possible and have evolved ever since. The majority of white-collar jobs today didn’t exist just 100 years ago. Back then, there was only a thin layer of office workers on top of a cadre of support staff and blue-collar workers. Today, we work in the knowledge economy: the social media expert sitting next to you couldn’t have been there even 20 years ago.
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