Emerging technologies are helping people prepare for, find and engage in work in ways that have never been seen before. The Institute for the Future is exploring how these technologies are poised to intersect with evolving social and economic forces that will define the future of work in 2030.
Technologies are transforming many of the fundamentals of commerce and production, as well as dismantling barriers to economic participation. Our researchers cite three key shifts that will drive progress across the globe.
Human and machine partnerships will create more equitable workplaces by evaluating candidates based on their capabilities, rather than gender, age or class.
For example, organizations will rely on AI to reduce human bias in the hiring process, guide the creation of optimal teams in the workplace, and help design incentives to increase productivity, morale and retention.
of business leaders expect to use new technologies to create equal opportunities by removing human bias in decision-making 1
Over the next decade employees will collaborate in entirely different, immersive ways as technologies, such as XR (extended reality), empower them more than ever before.
Real-time collaboration practices already embedded in gaming, coding and distributed communities will be used to enable more connected ways of working. Entire teams will be able to look at, touch and interact with work together.
of business leaders plan to use emerging technologies to improve workforce productivity1
AI will be designed for collaboration. Machines will continuously build and improve their understanding of humans, improving their ability to collaborate and drive productivity.
3D haptic feedback, gesture recognition and even smell will be used in interface systems to provide more diverse and accessible ways to interact with data and applications.
XR, which includes augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality, combines real and virtual environments to allow users to turn abstract information into rich, interactive experiences
Secure distributed ledgers like blockchains provide an immutable, transparent data storage mechanism that can automate work processes such as real-time payment upon completion of a work task.
As with any opportunity, challenges will need to be overcome. Our researchers list these:
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By 2030 new human-machine partnerships will enable us to surpass our limitations and rid the workplace of age-old inefficiencies and inequities. The steps we take today, including modernizing infrastructure, inspiring employees and deploying software, will lay the groundwork for the digital future and the next wave of technology-led human progress.
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1. Source: 4,600 business leaders from companies with 250+ employees, across 40+ countries and 12 industries; Vanson Bourne and Dell Technologies, 2018