The Future of Work

November 11, 2021 | Interviews

Marjorie McShane on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing & the Frontiers of AI

InfoWorks spoke with the pioneering researcher about computational linguistics, intelligent agents, and the untapped potentials of knowledge-based systems 

Most businesspeople are aware of the myriad ways that artificial intelligence has impacted the labor market. Ranging from fast food orders to invoicing, chatbots to supply chain management, AI is taking over roles once performed by human workers. As we …

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  • October 5, 2021 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    The Hybrid Workplace Introduces New Challenges and Novel Solutions

    Employees working from home are at risk of becoming second tier

    The hybrid workplace seems to be here to stay, and many are welcoming this change to a model that mixes remote work with time in the office. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, workers stated a preference to work at home …

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  • September 22, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    COVID-19 Has Increased Job Automation, And That’s a Mixed Bag

    in some industries, the pandemic accelerated automation trends

    Many words come to mind when thinking about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the economy, but perhaps chief among them is uncertainty. The manifestations of this were everywhere—unemployment spiked, the stock market crashed, and speculation on securities ran wild. A …

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  • June 21, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    RPA Bots Perform Tasks, But Will They Take Your Job?

    Bot capabilities are constantly evolving, and it’s unclear what the future holds

    Anybody who has worked in an administrative role can attest that certain types of office work are dull or tedious. Filling out standard forms, data extraction, and processing simple data can certainly be unstimulating. These are also fairly standardized activities, …

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  • February 28, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Artificial Intelligence and Business Management: A Growing Partnership

    for now, many management decisions are too complex for AI

    Discussions about the economic dangers and potentials of artificial intelligence (AI) tend to center around the ability of AI to do specific, clearly-defined tasks quickly and well. This is of great concern to employees whose jobs solely revolve around doing …

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  • January 22, 2021 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Finding Project Management Jobs When There Aren’t So Many

    Gaining experience is more important than your job title

    In today’s rapidly fluctuating work environment, opportunities for project management positions may be fewer, but they’re still there. Indeed, capable leaders who can step in and adapt despite the unpredictability are sorely needed. You can build a career even in …

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  • December 29, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Artificial Intelligence Takes Jobs—And Adds Them Too

    There is hope for the future of automation

    Americans tend to believe that technology will save us from everything. That holds for most things except automation, which many fear will lead to economic catastrophe or widespread job loss. A 2013 Oxford Study showing that nearly half of US …

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  • November 8, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Are Gig Workers Employees or Contractors?

    our models of employment don’t work like they used to

    In the decades before the gig worker boom, labor law concerned itself almost exclusively with people working either as employees or independent contractors. Those categories define how workers are regulated, taxed, what protections apply to them and the products of …

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  • July 30, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Retraining the Workforce for Tomorrow’s Jobs

    It's time to build job skills for the future

    We’ve all heard how automation and artificial intelligence are going to replace human beings in the workplace, leave millions unemployed, many jobs entirely in the hands of robots, and fundamentally change the workplace forever. Many people are already aware that …

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  • June 9, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Why Remote Work is Here to Stay

    We won't all go back to the office once this is over

    COVID-19 has shaken the world to its core. There is no doubt that the world after the pandemic subsides will be markedly different from the world before it. One aspect of our lives that has already changed and will never …

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  • May 21, 2020 | Insights | Amanda Finn

    Embracing Adaptation During Challenging Times

    Flexibility is key in a changing work environment

    From mom and pop shops to major corporations, businesses are dealing with the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. More than half of Americans are now working from home whereas less than 25 percent worked from home, even occasionally, …

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  • April 16, 2020 | Insights | Amanda Finn

    Creativity in the Workplace and Why it Matters

    This job skill is increasing in importance

    Employees crave challenges. Freelancers crave breadth. Companies crave attention.  In all three scenarios the common, simplest answer, is creativity. Creativity can help workers stay interested and focused on the job. In a 2018 Udemy study 54% of surveyed employees indicated that …

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