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FORUM2015: The Future of Work

FORUM2015: The Future of Work

April 15, 2015 | 4116 views

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 15:00 – 16:15

“If we’re all getting so much smarter, why is our hard work causing more problems than it’s solving?” –Ben Knight, Loomio

A panel themed around the future of work was a discussion in two parts. Presenters Bettina Warburg (Institute for the Future), Ben Knight (Loomio), and David Jones (Microsoft) first described the ways in which work increasingly becomes more distributed, algorithmic, participatory, and situational. They explored innovation in work, whether in technologies or organizational structures, and the current and future tools that would support new types of productivity.

Quickly the conversation moved to inclusion, with the audience questioning whether efficiency is what’s needed. If productivity equates to more output from fewer people, should we aspire to it?

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Using as a jumping-off point one view of the future from Microsoft Office’s Envisioning Lab, one audience member asked about accessibility in the form of cost and in closing knowledge gaps with training. Panelists’ views were as varied as their backgrounds.

Jones focused on usability, and how design should make systems smarter and easier to use. Warburg questioned the hidden tradeoffs that come with convenience. And Knight wondered who would make and use the technology of tomorrow. Will they be one and the same? If not, a gap remains to be closed.



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