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How Technology Will Change the Workplace

September 20, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

 How Will Technology Change The Way We Work

As workers, no matter our current level of employment, we must keep an open mind to the possibility of reinvention.

The rapid rise of technology has already led to disruption in a slew of professions. In some cases, it has altered jobs by removing certain elements of skill. Technology will continue to evolve, and a new normal will come with it. For example, my daughter is seven years old. The technology behind self-driving cars will advance so much over the next decade that by the time my daughter is old enough to drive, she will probably never actually need a driver's license.

What does this coming technology mean for the millions of drivers of trucks and taxis and for people who make extra money through on-demand services such as Uber? They will have to reinvent themselves. They will look for work that is not only viable but also work that means something to them in a changing world.

In other areas, technology will bring about enormous change in fields such as the law, medicine and journalism. Already, computers can review contracts, X-rays, and generate magazine articles. What does this mean for people who want to be lawyers, doctors or journalists? It means reinvention. If you don't keep up with technology, employment may become an issue for you in the future. Reinvent yourself through constant learning.

Things will change through revolutionary advances in technology and the application of artificial intelligence. We can debate the time frame, but we can’t debate the outcome.

In this environment, it’s easy for us to lose touch with our higher purpose. Our higher purpose will lead us to challenge ourselves to be at our best. Reinvention means we will always be up for adapting to a changing world.

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TOPICS: Workplace Innovation