How to Change: A blog that asks the question of how technology affects the way we learn and workers can adapt.
I also think that this has a lot to do with what we are really good at, and how we are going to use that skill in the future. I think that we need to look for jobs where we will be in demand, and explore the heavy machines, hand tools and brains of the future.
I think that we need to find where industry is going, and position ourselves as a needed resource. There will always be things that humans do better than machines, and things machines do better than humans. If smart people start to create tools that make us more productive, it means new jobs will emerge.
This blog was created to ask and answer the question, “How does technology affect the way we learn and how can we adapt?”
The story of how this blog came to fruition is quite interesting. In early 2018, I attended a conference on Adult Learning and Technology, hosted by the University of South Florida. The first half of the day was filled with great presentations by researchers discussing the current literature in adult learning theory as it relates to technology. However, in a panel discussion that followed, several prominent researchers in the field were asked how they see teaching and learning changing over the next ten years. Their responses were shocking: all of them said that they believe that within ten years human teachers will be out of work. There are three reasons for this prediction:
Technology is advancing at an alarming rate. This means that computers will be able to do things that only humans could do before.
There is now a large body of evidence from neuroscience showing that computers are better than humans at many tasks (always remember that correlation does not mean causation).
The cost of technology is decreasing while its quality is increasing. Therefore, employers will have no choice but to replace human workers with machines wherever possible.
In the face of disruption, organizations are beginning to rethink how they acquire, develop and retain talent. How can organizations develop a workforce that is flexible and adaptive? What is the role of technology in this new world and how can it be leveraged to support learning? In this blog, we will discuss the changing nature of work, learning and the role of technology in the changing landscape.
The purpose of this blog is to explore how technology is changing the workplace and how workers are adapting to the change. The focus will be on how workers are learning new skills, and how they can continue to learn new skills throughout their working lives. It will also look at what experts in the field of technology and work say about the future of work, and what that means for workers.
This question has been brought into sharp relief by recent studies which show that many professions are likely to be replaced by machines in the coming decades. From taxi drivers to bank tellers, many jobs will soon be performed by robots or computers. This poses a serious problem for workers who may face losing their livelihoods in the coming years. How will they adapt?
One possible solution is universal basic income (UBI). Under this system, every citizen would receive a guaranteed minimum income from the state, regardless of whether they were employed or not. The idea has been gaining traction recently, with trials planned in Finland, Canada and Kenya in 2017. While UBI may offer a way for people to survive as their jobs disappear, it does nothing to help them find new employment or learn new skills.
Technology will be critical to solving these problems as well. For example, there are already online tools
In a previous post, we looked at the impact of emerging technologies on the workplace and workers. In this post, we shift our focus to how workers can adapt to the changing workplace.
The most common advice given to those looking to be successful in the workplace is “learn new things.” The catch is that there is no guarantee that any particular skill or knowledge will be useful in the future. However, what is certain is that those who are not constantly learning will fall behind.
There are two points when learning new skills becomes particularly important: when you enter an unfamiliar environment and when you find yourself behind others in your industry. In the first case, like a new employee working for a company that uses different software than they have used before, workers must learn new things quickly if they want to prove their worth to their employer. In the second case, like an established worker who has found themselves outpaced by younger upstarts or new technology, workers must learn new things if they wish to remain competitive and marketable.
We’ve compiled some tips on how you can keep up with the changes in your industry:
Technology will change everything in the next few years. The disruption that’s coming is massive. But what are we going to do about it?
Recently, I took a look at how and why people need to change. Now, this is not something new, but the rate of change has increased significantly. How do we keep up?
Here’s an example from the retail sector showing how the Internet is changing things. We can see the same thing happening in other sectors as well:
In 1995, Sears was the largest retailer in the United States. It had $51 billion in annual revenues and employed 350,000 workers. Today, Sears is a shadow of its former self. Its revenues have declined by more than 50% to just $21 billion, and it has shed 50% of its workforce to 170,000 workers. In 1995, Amazon was founded and established itself as an online bookstore. Today, Amazon has grown to over $100 billion in annual revenues and employs 200,000 workers worldwide. There are other examples like this all around us – manufacturers (Cisco vs Nortel), hotels (Marriott vs Airbnb), travel agencies (Orbitz vs Kayak), taxis (Yellow Cab vs Uber). And now we are seeing the same thing happen in the financial services industry – Lending Club (market cap $4B) versus Wells Fargo ($250B).
The Internet changes everything now because it connects