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Experts Predict Artificial Intelligence in the Office

Experts Predict Artificial Intelligence in the Office

Speaking at a Sydney breakfast event recently, Intel leader Steve Brown predicted that Siri and other artificial intelligence software will soon become the norm in the average office…

ItΓÇÖs a brave new world of talking smartphones and predictive search, where you donΓÇÖt have to so much as lift a finger to get the information you want or communicate with a friend.

For those who think that AppleΓÇÖs Siri is a foolish novelty and GoogleΓÇÖs Now a passing phase, Steve Brown of Intel has bad news: not only is artificial intelligence here to stay, itΓÇÖs on its way to your workplace.

Bring Your Own Robot

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement is anticipated to expand beyond flashy operating platforms and tiny tablets that are becoming more commonplace and result in a global embrace of applications that will combine your working life with your private life by planning them both together.

ΓÇ£Once people get them and love them and trust them, theyΓÇÖre going to want to bring these into the corporate environment,ΓÇ¥ says Mr Brown, Chief Evangelist.

ΓÇ£TheyΓÇÖre going to want a calendaring agent that spans their work life and their home life. TheyΓÇÖre going to want a finance agent that understands their personal finances but also helps them write their expense reports in the office.

ΓÇ£Long term, I think youΓÇÖll see these services become part of your life and reach you through whatever interface you happen to be facing at the time.ΓÇ¥

ΓÇÿItΓÇÖs InevitableΓÇÖ

ΓÇ£The office environment in the future 15 years from now will feel as different from today as maybe today feels from the 1800s,ΓÇ¥ continues Mr Brown. ΓÇ£ItΓÇÖs going to feel uncomfortable for some of us, but thatΓÇÖs what progress is about.

ΓÇ£The pace of change will be different by industry, by country, by culture and I think youΓÇÖll see more progressive companies that are hungrier for talent forcing themselves to go more quickly. But it is going to happen; itΓÇÖs inevitable.ΓÇ¥

While Mr Brown has stated that he believes ΓÇÿpermanent spaceΓÇÖ to work doesnΓÇÖt make sense any more, he is equally convinced that there remains a real need to see workers at work and office managers leading the office; a need that wonΓÇÖt change any time soon.

ΓÇ£I donΓÇÖt think weΓÇÖre all at risk of being replaced by robots,ΓÇ¥ adds Mr Brown, comfortingly.

Do you think new technology will expand beyond personal play and become a part of the working world? Or are you convinced that the workplace remains a step beyond the latest fads? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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