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The strategic underpinnings of most companies’ workforce plans should change dramatically as a result of technological innovation. Digital transformation, the industrial internet, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and a plethora of other innovations are fundamentally changing the nature of work. Machine learning, for example, may not eliminate many jobs in their entirety. But it will impact the way many jobs are performed, requiring new skills and making many existing skills less valuable. The World Economic Forum predicts that “by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today.”
Beyond the skills required to perform specific jobs, technology will also determine which jobs matter most in the years to come. New innovations will change the basis of competition in many markets and alter the sources of advantage for most companies. Business-critical roles — that is, the jobs that are central to differentiating a company from its competitors and successfully executing its strategy — will also change. And companies will be forced to rethink the talent they will need to play these business-critical roles in the future.
Is your company ready to face this challenge?
After months of testing, Google has unveiled the final version of its next operating system for mobile and tablet devices. In doing so, the firm has revealed the final name for the OS: Android Oreo. The reveal of the full version follows the Google code being called Android O for several months. Google first released the first developer preview of Oreo on May 17 and has since been working with app creators to refine the system.
The software is the newest version of the Android operating system that runs on both tablets and phones. Oreo follows Android Nougat, which was released in 2016. Since then it has only reached around ten per cent of all Android phones.
Two of the biggest three-letter acronyms in technology are teaming up, again. Today IBM and MIT announced a new joint project to research artificial intelligence, such as developing better algorithms and to foster AI startups. IBM is dropping $240 million, over 10 years, into the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab. The lab, which IBM says opens “immediately,” will eventually house more than 100 scientists, professors, and students. (It’s currently taking job applications for posts such as research staffer and software engineer.) They will collaborate with staffers at IBM’s Watson Health and Watson Security centers, also in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Entrepreneurial Spark, the free start-up accelerator, has opened its doors in London for the first time. Operating from Natwest Regents House innovation centre in Angel, and supported by Dell EMC, the hub will offer 100 of the capitals “most inspiring entrepreneurs” free office space and facilities, business advice, and access to support networks.
Coinciding with the launch, new research from NatWest’s Entrepreneurship Monitor has revealed that one third of the UK population believe that London is the best place in the country to start a new business – mainly because of its good transport links and a strong local economy. In general, entrepreneurial spirit appears higher in London than anywhere else in the country, with 27% of those in the capital preferring to work for themselves compared to 23% of all Britons.
Is it time to start your own business?
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