HRIntelligencer 2.06

On February 13, 2018, in HR Intelligencer, HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
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The difference between what is imagined and what actually happens is standard cognitive dissonance in business. As the future unfolds, AI will be very different from how we currently see it.

This edition looks at a couple of different impacts from automation. In some, machines are integrated gracefully. In others, the regionalization of work serves to amplify the number of transitions caused by intelligent software.
The future of work happens between the boundaries of corporations.


Big Picture
  • Big Ideas 2018. Technological change continues to accelerate. This is a great survey of the key trends and the forces driving them. Digestible.
  • Small cities face greater impact from automation. The larger the city, the more resilient.The important note here is that the impact of automation varies by city and industry. It’s a good time to think about plant locations.


HR’s View
  • Competencies in the Cognitive Era. This IBM white paper makes the case for using competencies. Framed as a rationale for auditing and improving your workforce’s competencies, the authors lay out a strategy for ensuring that your team stays relevant in a rapidly changing market.
  • Just How Shallow is the Artificial Intelligence Talent Pool?  The research says that “there are about 22,000 PhD-educated researchers working on AI, of which about 3,000 are currently seeking work.”


Quote of the Week

“10 months after purchasing the company, the Whites hired their first robot painter, which increased the productivity of the human laborers by a factor of four. And bonus: those humans’ jobs got a lot easier. “The operator would have to do a lot of bending, crouching, lifting the part, twisting, just all day long,” says Chad. “The robot now does all that for them. And now the the operators who used to paint these parts are now actually running the robot.” – The Painting Robot That Didn’t Steal Anyone’s Job


Curate means a variety of things: from the work of vicar entrusted with the care of souls to that of an exhibit designer responsible for clarity and meaning. At the core, it means something about the importance of empathy in organization. HRIntelligencer is an update on the comings and goings in the Human Resource experiment with Artificial Intelligence, Digital Employees, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data and all of that stuff. We present a few critical links with some explanation. The goal is to give you a way to surf the rapidly evolving field without drowning in information. We offer a timeless curation of the intersection of HR and the machines that serve it. We curate the emergence of Machine Led Decision Making in HR. 

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