This article is Part 1 of a 2 part series that focuses on how AI-powered Co-Workers will change and improve the dynamics of the workplace, while underlining the increased fit and demand for people as the most valuable part.
It’s been long understood that people are the biggest asset in any successful business. As AI-powered Co-Workers begin to appear more frequently in the workplace, that universal truth isn’t going to change. People will remain the rockstars at work.
What’s going to change is that AI Co-Workers will help to fill gaps in areas that are created by another universal truth we all know about at work: That the biggest problems in business tend to be people related as well. Whether it’s not enough of the right people doing the things they should, or too many of wrong people doing things they shouldn’t, to err is human.
Today, the AI Revolution is beginning to empower teams in ways that better allow people to focus more on our human strengths while enabling AI Co-Workers to fill in gaps and do the work that people can’t or shouldn’t be doing. As a result, people in the modern workplace will realize the following benefits:
#1: More of the right resources to better do our jobs
I’ve never met a winning team that’s felt they had enough people to best do their jobs. Because of this, “headcount” has always been the most critical line item of every manager’s budget. The challenge with headcount is that people are expensive and it’s hard to find the perfect fit for the job.
AI Co-Workers will be cost effective and highly productive doing:
- Jobs that people can’t do, or not enough people can do
- Jobs that people don’t want to do or shouldn’t have to do
- Jobs in far away places where there aren’t enough people
- Jobs that require inhumane work hours
- Jobs that businesses cannot afford to have people do
The day will come when every person in the workplace will have an entire team of AI-powered Co-Workers they will be responsible to mento , manage and work along with. This will make all of us managers, as we all lead the AI Revolution– just as we led the Agricultural and Industrial Revolution.
#2: A better balance of the right attitude at work
The same limbic (emotional) system of our minds that allows people to love and have passion for their jobs is also what causes others to feel frustrated, angry and disgruntled at work. As humans, our limbic systems serve as the emotional buffer between the advanced, critical thinking capabilities that our cerebral cortex processes, and how we end up expressing ourselves to the world. While this high limbic-to-cerebral ratio is what makes us unique and special as humans, it all too often gets in the way of optimal, logic-driven productivity at work. In essence, we could benefit by being a little more cerebral in nature and a little less emotional— a need that has driven a newfound resurgence into the study of stoicism.
On the flip side, AI’s possess neural networks, deep learning and thought processing capabilities that are similar to what the right cerebral cortex of the human mind offers. What makes AI’s special is that, while humans reach peak mental power at about age 25, the “right cerebral” processing capabilities that AI’s offer are advancing exponentially year-over-year. For example, today a single low-cost ($1000 USD) computer is approaching the processing capabilities of a single human. By 2050, that same computer will exceed the processing capabilities of all humans on earth, combined.
Over the coming years, most of the skills people have focused on developing in school (memory and right-cortex mental processing) will become an abundant commodity in the AI Revolution. In turn, this will flip our current limbic-to-cortex ratio abundance the complete opposite way. What does this mean for us as humans? It means that the emotions and creativity that define us as humans, will prove to be the most valued and most highly demanded attribute in life.
#3: The AI Revolution will disrupt traditional labor
Over 200 years ago, 90 percent of people used to be farmers. Today, that number has decreased to only 2 percent, while technology has enabled those that remain to be 7x more productive.
Like every revolution, job categories were disrupted and shifted. Like every revolution, job qualities and quantities were greatly increased. The same will occur during the AI revolution…
Stay tuned… To be continued in Part 2 of the Series. Be sure to subscribe to our blog, by filling out the box in the right column, to stay up to date.