The Robots Need Our Help
“The future world would be one where the focus will be on collaboration and one where AI will become the “chief of staff” allowing societies an equal access of technology and therefore flexible models of working. “
-Stuart Templeton, The Future is Exciting
I have some GREAT news to share! The robots and A.I. aren’t planning to take our jobs. Recent studies and reports are stating that our technological advancements will actually create more jobs, and the robots need our help to complete their task. Stuart Templeton, the head of Slack UK, said, “the future would be one where the future is focused on collaboration and one where AI will become the ‘chief of staff‘.”
So, what does this mean for you?
We consistently remind our students and business partners to keep a laser focus on the changes that are occurring. We work with businesses to help their workers upskill in preparation for the future, and with educational institutions to create plans to ensure their students are prepared to meet the job expectations of tomorrow.
But, are YOU personally seeking out information on the changes in your industry? Pearson provides a tool on their Future of Skills webpage, that allows you to input information and gives you feedback on the areas YOU need to focus on to be successful in 2030.
Businesses and educational institutions should start to shape their training and professional development programs to mirror what Stanford University did with their ‘STANFORD 2025′ Program. The purpose of the program was to encourage an exploratory mindset and the students created a time machine that landed in the year 2025. The website also offers visitors a free toolkit to design their future at Stanford. Tools like this can be reimagined to change the way you train your students and employees.
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Are Internet Connected Toys Safe?
“Cayla is just one example of a new wave of artificial intelligence (AI) toys that “befriend” children. Manufacturers often claim they are educational, enhancing play and helping children develop social skills. But consumer groups warn that smart toys, like other “things” we connect to the internet, might put security and privacy at risk.”
-Kay Firth Butterfield, Head of A.I. & Machine Learning
Amazon Echo recently recorded a woman’s conversation and emailed the conversation to her friend, Uber’s self-driving car detected a pedestrian 6 seconds before a fatal crash but didn’t identify her as a pedestrian, and “My Friend Cayla” is an internet-connected doll that uses voice recognition to interact with children. The technology of today is being marketed to consumers as tools that will make our lives easier and better. But we must stop and ask ourselves if the risk is worth the benefit for our children?
We are creating the world that our children will inherit. They will receive the good technology and the bad effects of the technology. As parents, we enjoyed a society where our conversations weren’t recorded without our permission, but this will be normal for future generations. Having such devices may help stop the next school shooter, or help the FBI uncover the next terrorist plot, so there are positive benefits that technology brings. As parents and guardians of the future, we must weigh the risk versus the benefits for our children.
My hope is that parents stay ahead of the technological trends so they can prepare their kids to know how to manage the technology in their lives. Many parents need a lesson on how to do this as well. Jen Beason, a second-grade teacher, had her students write about their parent’s usage of technology and every student said, “their parents spend more time on FB then they do talking to their child.” We are the generation that decides what happens next, please choose wisely, or Orwell’s book 1984 will continue to become our future!
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The Future is Here
“People are using technology like voice-activated apps and smartphone calendars to enhance their everyday lives and that is also translating to their work,” Cotton says. “As employers, we have to embrace that — how do we give people the opportunity to work from anywhere while still being productive?” writes Pooneh Ghana for WIRED magazine.
Our jobs are no longer constrained to just the brick and mortar office of yesterday. Our office is now online, we meet in chat rooms for meetings, we share project duties through resources like ASANA, and the ability to manage all of this can become a nightmare. Preparation and updating your skills will be the key to success for the future of the workplace, and iMar is here with you every step of the way.
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–D. Wesley-IMar Learning Solutions–
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How Do We Reskill America?
Katherine Newman, author of Reskilling America: How Technical Education Can Transform Our Society, said, “Students from working-class and poor communities need options that traditional forms of higher education may not provide, and they need them now, not thirty or forty years hence, when their working lives are in the rearview mirror.”
I completely agree with Katherine, and something has to be done to help those students gain the skills they need to be successful in and after high school. Yes, the jobs that your father and grandfather had in the manufacturing warehouse may not be available anymore, but new opportunities are becoming available every day.
The Impact of Technology
Technology and automation are changing the skills that are needed to do certain jobs. Adult workers today have to make sure they are monitoring how their job might change due to updated technology and adapt their skills so they are not left behind. iMar Learning Solutions provides the soft-skills that will help you grow and be successful on the job, but you still need the hard skills that schools like Essex Technical Skills High School provide to its students.
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The Future is Now
Attention teachers, parents, professors, and anyone that cares about helping our society achieve its maximum potential. If you fit any of these categories then continue reading because this message is for you. If not, you need to keep reading anyway because this is a message that ALL citizens of planet earth should hear because our future success depends on what you do after reading it. I am an educator; I did not know when I graduated college that the journey we call “life” would lead me to a classroom. I did not know that I would find my passion in writing, blogging, training, and helping others achieve their goals by creating IMar Learning Solutions. But, I am here and I am happy that at the end of the day I am able to bring awareness to the need for soft skill training and critical thinking. These are the skills that will help you advance in your career. Continue reading Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?
In 2001 the No Child Left Behind Act bill was signed and passed through Congress. Different aspects of the bill have been highly debated and criticized. The education systems dislike of the bill has not gone unnoticed. I do not agree with all aspects, if any, of the No Child Left Behind Act, but I do agree that students are being left behind, and something needs to be done. Unfortunately, many adults are about to face a similar situation and it is time to join the Education Revolution. If something does not change many Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s will be left behind when it comes to the skills needed to perform their job due to the disruptions that are here (not coming, already HERE) because of the advancement in artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Baby Boomers and Generation X, this message is for you. IMar Learning Solutions is extending its Millennial hand to help you through the changes that are disrupting your life and career. Continue reading Join the Education Revolution
Be Quick to Listen & Slow to Speak
Ok, let’s be honest, most of us today are not quick to listen or slow to speak. Many of us listen to what we want to hear and we tailor our response based on the key points that relate to the direction we want to take the conversation in. Today, we will all take IMar Learning Solutions Official Listening Oath, “I (Insert your name) do solemnly swear to listen more attentively, give feedback based on what was actually said (not what I was thinking about while the other person was speaking), and I will work on being quick to listen and slow to speak.” Imagine how your relationship with your husband or wife would grow if you listened more attentively, imagine how society could improve if more citizens listened to hear and not just respond, or how world leaders could end wars by first stopping to listen to understand the other sides point of view. Continue reading 3 Tips on How to Listen Like a Boss
Are You a Leader?
Whether you like it or not, you are a leader. Sorry to be the one to break the news to you. Someone is always watching and following the example that you are setting. The type of leader you are is up to you and the choices that you make. Being a leader does not mean that you cannot make a mistake; plenty of leaders have stumbled and fell. What defines a true leader is how you bounce back from your mistakes and setbacks. Leadership is a skill you can develop and the following quotes have impacted my life and helped to improve my leadership abilities.
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“Eventually the existing skills will become outmoded.”
-Jeff Bezos Amazon Ceo
The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall
I did not think that I would live to see the day retail giants like Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s could not weather the storm that is the result of Hurricane Amazon. These juggernauts have been the cornerstone of retail shopping for decades and now they have met their match. The retail leaders of the past must either adapt to the technological disruptions that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about or get rolled over. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon has planned this take over for a long time and he is finally seeing the fruit of his labor. In his 1997 letter to his investors, Bezos wrote “We believe that a fundamental measure of our success will be the shareholder value we create over the long term. This value will be a direct result of our ability to extend and solidify our current leadership position. The stronger our market leadership, the more powerful our economic model.” A lot of jobs will be lost but with some guidance, many will create opportunities to actually advance their career and prosper from the vast economic changes that many are not focusing on yet, including some government officials. Continue reading #1 Tip to Prosper from the Fall of the Retail Giants