The Future of Work
Every industry is becoming computable. As digital technologies automate more of we do everyday, the nature of our work - and our livelihood - is undergoing a radical transformation. The Future of Work keynote explains, provokes, and inspires. It asks three fundamental questions that every person should consider:
The talk clearly explains how three classes of technology - tools that capture, compute, and create - are propelling the evolution of work. It provokes by shining a light on the fast approaching future, illustrating how the idea of value is unfolding in unexpected ways. And it inspires, showing how individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations can take advantage of emerging digital tools to not just automate, but augment their work, unleashing superpowers that scale impact and deepen fulfilment.
- What’s changing?
- What’s the impact of these changes?
- What should we do?
Tom Wujec is a technology thought-leader and business strategist who has guided a vast range of leadership teams to design their technological future. He will share first-hand stories of how manufacturing, construction, pharma, healthcare, education, and financial organization are reimagining work as they disrupt their industries.
The future of work has never been more relevant. As technology continues to accelerate, we all need to understand how to can take advantage of digital tools, rather than be replaced by them.
1. Introduction - The transformation of work is barrelling towards us
- Goal: understand how emerging technologies shape your industry and your business.
- Identify how the nature of value is changing. While some tasks will be completely automated, others will be untouched. Some tasks will be partially automated. And new kinds of work will be created.
- Understand how to think about industry transformation using Value-Technology Maps.
- Clarify how your personal skills and/or organizational capabilities can be supercharged with new technologies.
- Tom Wujec background
2. What’s Changing - Three Forces of Technology - Capture, Compute, Create
- Presentation illustrating a simple way to think about complex technologies. From the point of view of automation, digital technologies do three basic jobs:
- Capture: Tools that gather data and make sense of the world.
- Compute: Algorithms that make better models, designs and decisions.
- Create: Devices that render these models, designs and decisions back to the world.
- The combination of capture, compute, and create is continually being applied in endlessly creative combinations. It is the central engine of making industries computable
- Exponential growth. We are just at the early phases of the automation curve.
3. What’s the Impact - Industry Disruption and Connection
- The audience will see a set of increasingly amazing industry examples of technological disruption:
- For each example, the changing nature of work - and value creation - will be illustrated.
4. What Should we Do - Preparing for the Changes
- The audience will see how various businesses are investing in automation, treating human capital, and weighing trade-offs between human and automated work.
- The progression of automation. From industry 4.0 to Building Information Modelling, from Advanced Analytics to the many flavours of Machine Learning, and from Robotics to VR/AR, each of these technologies will have a place in business as they cross a threshold in the Roboeconomics curve.
- Value maps: while technology evolves, the deepest values will remain unchanged. However, the way that value is created and captured will evolve significantly.
- Augmentation & Automation: Successful individuals and organizations will learn how to balance the application of digital tools to replace certain human work and to augment and enhance human skill and expression.
5. Putting it Together - The Choices Ahead
- The audience will explore three fundamental and practical questions that will guide them to assess the technologies ahead, automate what they want to do less of, and augment more of what they value. These questions will help them chart the future of their work.
Tom Wujec is a technology pioneer, writer, multiple TED speaker, expert facilitator, and design thinker who guides leadership teams to create more inventive, exciting and successful products, services and solutions. As a founding professor at Singularity University and former Autodesk Fellow, Tom has worked at the leading edge of exponentially growing technologies. For 25 years, he has developed advanced digital tools for designers and engineers to make better cars, stronger buildings, as well as more beautiful and sustainable consumer products. He has also designed tools helping creative professionals produce more captivating movies and engaging games. Maya, an advanced animation application, won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry. Sketchbook Pro is used by 40 million designers and artists. Tom is the author of five books, has spoken at TED six times, and delivered over 400 keynotes and workshops globally. Today, his consultancy applies Wicked Problem Solving™ to help organizations design technology transformation and plan for the future of work.