There is a lot of attention in the media about the Internet of Things (IOT) and the robotization of out information society. Techno-euforia and technofobia dominate the perception and tend to distract us from what the real fundamental question is.In the next decade smart machines will enter offices, factories, and home in numbers we have never seen before. The Internet of Things leads to a world where physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, and where the physical objects can become active participants in business processes. Machines will take over some parts of the cognitive processing in complex situations by applying contextual intelligence. Robotization will evolve from automating manual activities, like assembling a car, to automating cognitive activities, like deciding about the eligibility for a credit, benefit or grant.
As machines replace humans in some tasks, and augment us in others, their largest impact may be less obvious: their very presence among us will force us to confront important questions.
- What are
humans uniquely good at?
- What is our comparative advantage?
- And what is our place alongside these machines?
Rethinking work and work processes puts the focus on sense making and de-robotizing. However, de-robotizing is not about putting robots on the junk yard.
It is about enriching work, setting free creativity and imagination. It is also about engagement and motivation; catalyzing Daniel Pink's autonomy, mastery and purpose.
level "sense-making" skills will be increasingly valued as humans
leverage data to create unique insights critical to decision making
and to exploit business moments in line with the strategy of the
organization. Building, maintaining and personalizing knowledge kernels, that can be used in business moments and operational events, becomes a new industry. Not only innovative consultancy organizations, but also a broad range of new (micro-)entrepreneurs will seize opportunities by creating/composing these knowledge kernels and connect them to function kernels. The dawn of Knowledge as a Service (KaaS) has arrived.
De-robotizing enables smarter work for a wide range of professions, not only for higher educated. After all, imagination and association capabilities enable humans to create products and add value in all sorts of domains,assuming they are provided with the right tools. The possibilities for innovation are almost infinite.