We have seen unprecedented technological change in our lifetimes - from the internet to drones to robots - and this trend of innovation is set to continue.
Much of the way we operate in the workplace has changed like never before: email and online collaboration platforms have altered workforce communications and machines and the automation of many processes has changed the ways in which we work. This has at once enabled and necessitated us to have workplaces that operate internationally and 24 hours a day.
And what will the growing area of robotics hold for us? A new study suggests that in just five years, 6% of US jobs will be done by robots. This will cause considerable disruption to the workforce.
I recently went to a talk by Professor Yuval Noah Harari at the Manchester Literature Festival, author of the global bestseller Sapiens, who discussed the various leaps in innovation that the human race has experienced. The scientific revolution, agricultural revolution and industrial revolution, he said, created 'haves' and 'have nots', but the have nots, following these revolutions, have been able to catch up: they have not been left too far behind. Harari postulates that following this information and technological revolution we are living through, the gap could widen to the extent that sectors of society lagging behind may never catch up.
In a world that has the potential to create such vast inequalities, it is more important than ever, in my view, that we don't lose sight of the human factor in all our lives. Communication can play a very important role. We must continue to talk to one another, get together face-to-face, spend time offline, leaving no-one out and leaving no-one behind.
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