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The prevailing wisdom is that the fast pace of automation, digital change and AI (artificial intelligence) will soon leave most of us jobless. Talking with some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs around the world, not one agreed with this dark premonition. Rather, they pointed to a different kind of future we should prepare for.
A new two-part video series, The Future That Works, probes the minds of people who are harnessing AI and emerging technologies to help solve some tough problems. They see work changing beyond recognition in the future, but it's not all bad.
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Why listen to these people when it comes to predicting our technological future? Let's take a look at some of the innovative businesses they front.
Breaking our addiction to devices and social media
Simby is a fully personalized, wearable AI technology that aims to break our addictions to our devices and social media while still giving us all the benefits of being digitally connected. Co-founder and head of product Andrew Doherty believes technology should benefit our lives and do no harm, and that users should have full control of their data. This 'sassy best friend' is still under development but coming soon.
The buzz around Beep
Organizations can be as buggy as bad software, with minor frustrations putting a damper on everyone's concentration and creativity. Doing something about these problems can feel like swimming upstream, especially when management doesn't understand how much energy small annoyances suck out of their staff.
Katz Kiely is part of the team behind Beep, a system that rewards and recognizes people for raising problems and finding solutions in their business. It puts leaders in touch with their employees' real challenges, flattening the hierarchy and reconnecting people with meaning in their work.
Growing a business like a garden
Author and tech entrepreneur Aaron Dignan knows exactly how hierarchy and bureaucracy hold back progress in business. He gleaned this wisdom from in-depth study of organizations known for adapting to change and getting fast results, like Spotify, Burning Man and Basecamp.
He's not only published these findings for the benefit of other entrepreneurs in his popular 2019 book Brave new work: Are you ready to reinvent your organization? He's also founder of The Ready: An 'operating system' that helps businesses change their culture and see themselves more as a garden than a machine.
Smartening up the factory
CloudNC is bringing safety and accuracy to factories with AI and autonomous manufacturing. Their clients manufacture parts for air travel, space exploration and defense, among other industries, where perfection is necessary every time.
Full automation in manufacturing also allows for on-demand production. This option is in high demand since COVID-19 has made the global market and labor supply hard to predict. Co-founder Theo Saville says making manufacturing more environmentally sustainable is also top of CloudNC's agenda.
Blockchain on the farm
Agriculture is one of the fastest-changing industries on the planet, while soil depletion, habitat loss and methane emissions come to the fore in the public consciousness. Farmers often face little choice in how they operate because they're time-poor, isolated and face high set-up costs for change.
AgriLedger Founder and CEO Genevieve Leveille wants farmers to get the best price for their hard work, giving them more choice and making sure doing better for people, animals and the environment pays dividends. Using blockchain, AgriLedger brings users benefits like supply chain traceability, market information and access to finance.
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Parents and educators have long been asking to more actively digitize schools and education in general. The Covid-19 pandemic pushed analogue classrooms into remote schools from one day to another, thus showing how many schools are way behind the expectations of modern learning. But to get students through the year, teachers had to rely on collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Listen to our feature at the Transatlantic Cable Podcast and unlock how the education of tomorrow may look like, with our very own David Jacoby.
Remote schooling<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQyOTgxOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1ODM0MTE4NH0.qSIUs9v2YQ_X_6-Xaut-hqUEfng__FVxfiu-v3PqriM/img.jpg?width=980" id="99dc9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f1bf56ddfe01674c00279fff2e02e559" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />Photo by kyo azuma on Unsplash<p>Facing the pandemic, a lot of schools had to rely on remote education to be able to get students through the school year. Some parents experienced that their children had more time to dive deeper into topics, and catch up with subjects they missed at school – others had to make sure their children are actively following the remote class of their teachers and not finding something more "interesting" to waste their time on. For some children the new way of learning empowered them to schedule their learning sessions more flexible, giving them a taste of self-organization. </p><p>In Switzerland some schools started real-life projects, where children were able decide which one they wanted to be a part of. "I spoke with a mother saying: My kid is working and learning at least twelve hours, it's difficult to stop them", says Filip Dochy, "This raises a key question, as how to change education so that there is a mixture between the technology being used by children and making children curious again. Because if there is one thing schools nowadays are unlearning from children, it is curiosity."</p>
The future of education<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQyOTgyNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTkzNDYwN30.vV2n9heP2p1m4lLfbB1IjAD7_Toai-5PQFHNw82yLQ4/img.jpg?width=980" id="6fb0c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2121b91afde40d8a1e4db0dfb8db4c18" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash<p> To understand more about what educators and parents can learn from the current situation, and how school systems have to change going forward in order to bring relevance and joy back to education, David Jacoby invited <a href="https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00015308" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Filip Dochy</a>, an expert on education at the European Academy of Science (AE), and two parents <a href="https://co.linkedin.com/in/daniela-alvarez-de-lugo-b460761" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Daniela Alvarez De Lugo</a> and <a href="https://it.linkedin.com/in/derinaldini" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Riccardo de Rinaldini</a> to walk us through their experiences during lockdown and talk about the future of education. </p>
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