Issue 07

Managing your career in the era of automation

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The fastest thinker in many modern workplaces is faceless, but because it is only artificially intelligent, it needs smart people to manage it. Or does it?

The rise of artificial intelligence is a positive or negative story depending on how much of your work can be automated – and what you can do with any extra time you gain. Experts on artificial intelligence generally agree that nearly half of the current jobs employing people could be fully automated.

Two academics at Oxford University, Michael Osborne and Carl Frey, noted in their 2013 report ‘The Future of Employment’ that computers could replace 47% of the US workforce, commandeering roles as diverse as mail delivery, truck driving, construction work and even senior management.

Moshe Vardi, professor of Computer Science at Rice University, TX, claims that machines could put half the world’s working population out of a job in the next 30 years and warns: “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task… if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”

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Kristin Harris, General Manager, Deputy

Kristin is the General Manager of Deputy. She has been with Deputy since 2008 and is part of the company’s founding team, later becoming General Manager in 2014.

Deputy is a workforce management solution that simplifies rostering, time & attendance, performance management and team communication.