Dec 042017

With most emerging technologies focusing on automation, I’ve decided to share some insights on working with automation—or more accurately—how you can succeed in such initiatives. This is Part One in a series of three articles. This introduction will share some thoughts about what “automation technology” is—and what technologies we can expect to see in the coming years.

Automation: Streamlining and simplifying your systems

Automation is about streamlining and simplifying work processes. This can be done by implementing intelligence into existing systems, or by replacing entire processes. Some of these systems will be autonomous. This means that they operate without human interactions (self-driving cars), and some will support people with better, faster, and more analytical information (diagnostic doctor support).

The latest and trendy types of automation technologies began developing slowly, but they are actually moving towards what we saw in movies about the future in the 1980s. For example, in “Back to the Future,” we saw VR glasses, video calls, fingerprint recognition, and more. Unfortunately, the flying car is yet to come.

From a Nokia 3210 to a Smartphone—But in way less time

There is little doubt that automation technology will affect what types of jobs people will possess. One of the things that will affect us most is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is expected to drastically change our everyday lives. This is also something we see in automation—and can be compared with jumping from a Nokia 3210 to today’s smartphones. Currently, automation technologies are good at well-defined tasks, while newer technologies will be capable of thinking, feeling, and performing tasks based on information from, Big Data.

This means that the technology will be capable of replacing people within given areas when its potential is truly realized. This is a fact many choose to ignore because of uncertainty about their own positions—and uncertainty about how the future will look. Others choose to seize the concept and are inspired by the future. After all, that was what made “Back to the Future” so good—all the cool technologies they predicted in years to come.

So what are we going to see in automation technology in the future? According to Forrester’s TechRadar, we have 12 prominent technologies today. Some are still in the development stage and are currently being researched, while some need to be taken from the concept stage to actual-use technologies—and some are already widely used in today’s market.

Even the successful automation technology solutions of today require a huge overhaul to remain relevant

Technologies in the development stage are still facing major technical challenges that need to be mastered before they can succeed. These include Customer Service Robots, Delivery Robots, Executable AI, and Inspection and Surveillance Robots. In the concept stage (and slowly moving to implementation), for example, we have Virtual Assistants, Cognitive AI, Artificially Intelligent Solutions, Retail and Warehouse Robot, and Sensory AI, which all need to be further developed into usable technologies. The technologies that have a strong presence in today’s market are Customer Self-Service Solutions, Industrial Robots, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). These technologies all need a renewal if they want to be competitive in the future.

In the next part of this series, I will elaborate on how these technologies will change the job market and how people work. But don’t worry… Automation is here to help you perform better—not replace you.

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Tipical Questions
“Why are you leaving your current job?” Hiring managers want to know your motivation for wanting to leave your current job. Are you an opportunist just looking for more money or are you looking for a job that you hope will turn into a career? If you’re leaving because you don’t like your boss, don’t talk negatively about your boss–just say you have different work philosophies, Teach says. If the work was boring to you, just mention that you’re looking for a more challenging position. “Discuss the positives that came out of your most recent job and focus on why you think this new position is ideal for you and why you’ll be a great fit for their company.” If you’ve already left your previous job (or you were fired), Sutton Fell suggests the following: If you got fired: Do not trash your last boss or company. Tell them that you were unfortunately let go, that you understand their reasoning and you’ve recognized areas that you need to improve in, and then tell them how you will be a better employee because of it. If you got laid off: Again, do not trash your last boss or company. Tell them that you were let go, and that you understand the circumstances behind their decision; that you are committed to your future and not dwelling on the past; and that you are ready to apply everything that you learned in your last role to a new company. If you quit: Do not go into details about your unhappiness or dissatisfaction. Instead, tell them that while you valued the experience and education that you received, you felt that the time had come to seek out a new opportunity, to expand your skills and knowledge, and to find a company with which you could grow.
Questions to ask
What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth? This question should be customized for your particular needs. Do your homework on the employer’s site beforehand and mention a new product or service it’s launching to demonstrate your research and interest. The answer to the question will give you a good idea of where the employer is headed.