By Jerry Mooney
If you are running a business, and use software to complete some of the tasks within your workflow, you might want to know which jobs are likely to be around for many years, and which will be replaced by AI. If you are planning your operations and would like to redesign your supply chain to meet the demands of the 21st century, you need to ensure that continuity is guaranteed in your organization. Below you will find a list of jobs that are not likely to be replaced by artificial intelligence in the next few years.
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People still buy from human beings, despite the existence of online shopping sites. Some people will need personalized advice, and they would rather walk into a travel agent’s office to explore their options and compare packages than simply conducting an internet search. While customer service staff will need to learn some technical skills to make the best use of the resources available through search engines and computers, they will be needed to add a personal touch.
While computers are good at calculating probabilities, they lack the human intelligence and experience that is needed to solve urgent issues. We can’t imagine a robot negotiate a conflict between a customer and the sales agent, or between two colleagues. If there are urgent issues to solve, experienced managers with adequate training and quick thinking will still beat robots. Whether it is a late delivery your company needs to deal with, or staff shortage, you will need to have an experienced manager to intervene, instead of getting the computer to calculate the best solutions.
You will need to develop your decision making skills throughout your life. There are different things to take into consideration that a computer might not be aware of. Whether it is deciding whether or not to hire a new worker, switch suppliers, or enter a new market, your experience will never be matched by a computer’s abilities to assess the situation. Robots will not take into consideration the human factors, which are often more important than the financial outcomes of decisions.
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Whether you would like a logo created or an advertisement for your brand, a robot will not be able to understand your vision, mission, and values as well as a human being. Graphic design involves creativity, and it is something computers lack. Your image is unique, and perceived by humans, so computers cannot construct messages that talk to people, only manage interaction with other forms of artificial intelligence.
If there is one thing that computers and artificial intelligence don’t understand it is ethics. It is often not logical, and decisions can be hard to explain. You will need to develop your ethical norms and judgments, and a robot is unable to do this, as they don’t interact with people on a daily basis. A robot might advise you to use the water from the cheapest source, and wouldn’t take into consideration the interest of the communities living nearby. You could end up in a scandal that can cost you your business.
While robots are able to work with information provided for them, and analyzing probabilities, every risk and threat is different. If the computer doesn’t have a list of all variatiables, they cannot carry out a thorough risk assessment. There are dozens of human decisions involved in completing a risk assessment, and your attention to details will never be replaced by the diligence of a computer.
Planning and Building Design
As a creative task that involves complicated calculations and assessments, choices, and decisions, the job of an architect is not threatened by robots. Remember that the qualification takes long years to complete, and architects often take part in projects to learn while on the job. The same training cannot be provided for computers and robots. While they can assist building designers and architects in doing their job, they will never replace them.
While logistics are often managed by computers, and inventory management is often supported by software, While manufacturing and construction companies are taking advantage of the latest developments in robotics, artificial intelligence needs constant supervision. While automated systems can improve productivity, they cannot prioritize tasks or replace quality assessments.
Programming handled by computers could be dangerous, and it simply cannot be done. When designing an automated process, humans need to think through the different variations and feed information for the system to work from. You are not likely to see artificial intelligence create a software, as this will not be based on the needs of humans, but the limited knowledge of the computer and the software. Only humans can design software and artificial intelligence – for now – and this is probably the best way.
Training and Recruitment
Computers and robots lack empathy and emotions, so they will not be as effective in delivering training or assessing applicants than humans. You wouldn’t let a robot train your workers how to operate machinery safely. Today, if you search how to get your OSHA card you will not come across results that will provide you with robotic demonstrations and online quizzes only. You will need to have an access to a tutor who has experience, and can answer your questions. Likewise, if you want to choose the employee who is the best fit for your company based on your values, skills needs, and culture, you don’t necessarily want to leave the decision to artificial intelligence.
No matter which industry you are in, your organization is likely to be affected by the development of artificial intelligence in the next few years. There are, however, some skills that are not likely to be replaced by computers, such as creativity and decision-making. While robots, computers, and AI can help you improve your productivity, human input and supervision are necessary to help you achieve your strategic goals and stay connected with your customers, employees, values, and organizational vision. Use AI for improving productivity, but don’t trust them with complicated decisions.
By Nigel Hilton
The process that leads up to you having your own car is a very exciting one. It’s the beginning of having your independence and freedom without having to worry about relying on anyone or anything else other than yourself and your car. Having said that though, it’s very important that you think long and hard about everything that goes into it, as although you may already have an idea, there are a lot of hidden costs and rules that are very easy to overlook if you’ve never done this before. But as long as you keep your head on your shoulders and think responsibly, as well as listening to the right advice for you and your circumstances, then there’s no reason you should have any problems.
There are so many different benefits to having a car, that will essentially have a huge impact on your life for the better. Here are a few examples of what those things are.
It can fit in perfectly with your lifestyle.
When deciding on what car you want, it’s important to think about all the things that you do every day. While the kind of vehicle you have will greatly alter from whether you’re a single young adult, to a married one with a family. So think about that kind of lifestyle you live and what you’ll be using it for. If you do have kids, then it will need to be big enough to fit the family in for those school runs. If you work rather far from home, then you’ll want to consider getting something that is more fuel efficient to suit longer drives. You’ll also want the best comfort to make your journeys as pleasant as possible. Once you know what you need, then you can start thinking about what you want, like the colour, and any added features to customise the appearance.
You can go your own way.
If you’ve always had to rely on public transport, then you’ll know what a bore it can be. You have to make sure you’re ready and waiting for a set time in order to get to your destination, and even then, you may not end up at the exact location. You might have to walk another ten or fifteen minutes because the train isn’t close enough, or the bus only sticks to its assigned route, and this can be really frustrating. Whereas when you have your own car, you can leave at whatever time you want, and get to exactly where you need to be without having to work out where all the public transport drops are. This can end up saving you so much time, and you’re not having to rely on anybody, and that’s always a very nice feeling to have.
It’s catered to what you need.
There are plenty of different deals out there that will make your life a lot easier, depending on what exactly you need. Take having a Nissan for example, you can save more on Nissan extended warranties by taking out the right kind of deal for you. So if you know that you’ll be using your car a lot, driving long distances regularly, then you will of course benefit from taking out a longer warranty, as a pose to if you only use your car for running errands, then you wont need one. So it’s important to evaluate your situation so you know in advance what kind of features you will need.
It doesn’t have to be bad for the environment.
A lot of people will tell you to opt for public transport as much as possible as this cuts down on gas emissions. And while this is still a valid point, with the likes of technology getting more and more advanced, we now have vehicles that are electric, which means they let out zero emissions while driving, as well as being a lot cheaper to run. So you can protect the planet while living a sustainable life all by the vehicle you choose to drive. So when searching, have a look at things you may have never thought about before. You may find something that you absolutely adore the look of, and it’s environmentally friendly too. That’s a win-win situation right there.
You can become an explorer.
For argument’s sake, this can still be done if you didn’t own your own car – but it would be far more difficult. Have you ever dreamed of just being able to take off somewhere and go on a road trip around the country? Exploring new areas, seeing new things, and tasting new food. It’s such an exciting idea, and yet when you have your own car, you could be doing this every weekend, or whenever you have time off from work. All you need to do is pack a bag and head on out. There is no booking required because you are your own form of transport, leaving you in complete control of your adventure. You could even invite a few of your friends to come along for the ride with you so you can all create fun memories together.
So as you can see, there are plenty of amazing reasons as to why you should get a car. Sure, it can be pricey, but it’s one of those investments that you choose to make after knowing the ins and outs, because it’s a good investment that your life will greatly benefit from. It opens so many doors for you that make life easier, as well as a lot more fun. You won’t ever have to second guess going somewhere ever again, because you know that you can just drive there yourself. Having a car will give you a new lease of life, and you won’t believe you ever managed without one. So do all the necessary research and get all the advice that you need from people that know what they’re talking about, and then enjoy the process of finding your brand new baby who will introduce you to a life of freedom.
By Lina Martinez
It has been said that over 90% of businesses now use the power of the cloud in one way or another. Whether it’s to speed up the efficiency of working practices or to cut costs, the advantages of the cloud now outweigh the alternatives in any pros and cons list. In this article, we will consider 3 of the many benefits that cloud computing can offer your business.
Cloud computing promotes improved collaboration
Many business leaders are seeking to improve the work-life balance of their employees, and cloud computing has allowed them to take steps to make this achievable. Teams can now work on the same project, regardless of location, and can make changes and updates in real time. From cloud-based software such as Google Docs to any number of tablet and smartphone apps, documents and information can be shared across the board. As an example of the options available to your business, check out the way BCI Worldwide have fully explored the advantages of being in the cloud – for both team and customer collaboration. Could your business offer the same? It makes life so much easier, and it cuts out the need for time-wasting business meetings, phone calls, and those daily trips to and from the office.
Cloud computing offers added security
In 2008, the British Home Office came under fire when one of their employees lost confidential data on over 40,000 criminal cases. The reason? All of that information was stored on a humble memory stick that subsequently went missing. Imagine being the person responsible! However, this was in the days before cloud computing became popular. The days when you were forced to make paper copies of everything or risk the loss of a memory stick by using these portable hard drives. By living in the cloud, you don’t need to store sensitive data in what is now an archaic tradition. With data stored in the cloud, you have much greater security. If your computer malfunctions, you can access the information you need on another device. If you accidentally delete something, you no longer have the panic in thinking it’s gone forever. In short, the cloud is a lifesaver, and you won’t face the indignity and loss of respect that the British Home Office did a decade ago.
Cloud computing is environmentally friendly
We are living in an age when businesses are coming under fire for their lack of eco-friendliness. In 2017, Amazon came under fire from Greenpeace, who slammed the multi-billion dollar company’s poor environmental practices. Smaller businesses are guilty too, whether they add to the landfill with paper waste, or add to pollution with the amount of traffic they put on the road. Cloud computing reduces the carbon footprint, with less need for a paper-based office and road traffic, and due to data being stored on cloud servers, less energy is used through power-intensive hardware. Saving the world should be something close to all of our hearts, but when your business reputation lives or dies through customer and media opinion, showing respect to the earth will stand you in better stead against your competition.
Improved collaboration, added security, and eco-friendliness. Three excellent reasons why your business head needs to get in the cloud. So, if your business practices are stuck firmly on terra firma, perhaps now is the time to make the move. You know it makes sense!
By Nigel Hilton
The world economic forum published an article in late 2017 that stated that democracy is on the decline. Countries around the world are seeing the democratic values decline sharply, but we can’t blame that will all the issues the world is facing at the minute. But a world without democracy is not one that we want to live in. Democracy covers a wide range of categories. It is measured by the function of a government, the state of civil liberties, and political culture to name but a few. There are still some countries leading the way that have a strong democracy, Norway and Iceland are to name but a few. So considering that democracy is on the decline, we’re going to explore what a world with no democracy is, and what is being done to try and strengthen it around the world.
Democracy actually effects economic growth more than you would realise, but there have been many studies carried out that have tried to prove this different. It is in fact common belief that it has no influence over economic growth at all, but you can’t ignore the statistics. The lower the level of democracy goes in a country, the lower the level of economic growth. This is because political regimes aren’t being carried out to protect the economic growth of a country. The effects of which can be catastrophic for the economy and cost of living within that country.
The government holds a lot of power, that’s always been the case. But the power the government has often causes so many issues in the world. There is only so much the public can do with regards to this, but the state of civil liberties does protect us somewhat. It means to government can’t change civil rights such as the ‘free exercise’ which allows people to practice their religion. What it doesn’t protect us from is the decisions being made about wars and the things that are really damaging our countries. The National Endowment for Democracy is funding non-profit organisations that are trying to change the level of government power in countries that might have a lower level of democracy, and in turn bring countries closer together. Because it isn’t just government power that democracy determines, it is just so much more than that. Countries such as North Korea have zero levels of democracy, and their ruler does in fact have full power of the decisions that will affect his nation.
Public Political Influences
The public can only have so much say in what the government does, as we’ve already said. But, the higher the influence of the public, the higher the level of democracy. It is giving the public the right to decide smaller decisions that happen within the country. Take the recent brexit of Britain. 72% of the population turned out to vote, which saw a rise in the level of democracy within a country. The less influence the public has, the more decisions that the government could make that would not go in favor of the public.