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Three technologies Taking Us Into Tomorrow

With the AI industry tipped to grow from $15 billion to $70 billion by 2020, the way we work is transforming right before our eyes. While smarter ways of collaborating, virtual prototyping and powerful processing can all improve the way we work, we believe emerging technologies are set to give us more variety of life. So you can intelligently integrate work into the gaps of your life – rather than fitting your whole life around work.

1. Robots and artificial intelligence

The interaction between human and AI has become second nature and in some cases, indistinguishable from any other human-to-human interaction. IBM’s Watson AI is an example of technology that’s fast spreading into the world of work – from helping catch cybercriminals, to editing film trailers, designing dresses and even assisting doctors by suggesting courses of treatment.

McKinsey research suggests current technology has the potential to automate up to 45% of the work done by real people. Which means C-level executives need to be rethinking work roles and responsibilities now. Far from being a problem, this represents a tremendous opportunity – to empower people with helpful technology, so they are free to grow creatively and pour their life-force into causes they find meaningful.

2. The Internet of Things

Imagine a world that’s so connected, work becomes more effortless and less taxing. Increased integration of all the devices in your life can provide benefits that are yet to be discovered. However, there are some we can picture right now.

Like a workplace that’s so smart, it automatically checks you in when you walk through the door. Where energy-saving corridors light up as you move through the building and secure areas unlock in your presence. Working remotely will be even easier, as it becomes possible to maintain constant uptime on flights and underground trains.

Interestingly, roughly 37% of the world’s working population are identified as ‘mobile’ workers. And IDC predicts that by the year 2025, there could be as many as 1 trillion different devices connected to the web. Many institutions recognize that the number of mobile workers is set to grow, freeing up current restrictions and giving people more time to enjoy life on their terms.

3. Data and Information Distribution

Collectively, we’re embarking on an exciting journey of integrating new technologies into our workplaces. The following technologies are just starting to take off, and we’re yet to experience all the changes ahead.

Telepresence

Choppy video chats are soon to be a thing of the past. At Konica Minolta, we’ve developed ‘Double 2’, that enables smooth teleconferencing as people move around their office, school, hospital – any kind of workplace. It offers the closest thing to ‘being there’ in person.

Virtual Reality

Instead of viewing flat architectural drawings that come out of a large format printer, clients can now step into virtual models of properties they’re about to erect, cars they’re about to make, community centers they’re about to commission etc. Clients and designers can now get everything perfect during the planning stage, before expensive build processes commence.

Augmented Reality

This form of VR, augments the real world with virtual vignettes. Microsoft HoloLens, for example, allows 3D prototypes to be manipulated in real-time by people in different locations. An elevator manufacturer, ThysenKrupp, uses HoloLens to visualize repairs before the technician arrives onsite. When the technician arrives, he or she can use AR views to see digital overlays of repair guides while they’re fixing the elevator.

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