Thursday, March 25, 2021

g-f(2)179 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (3/25/2021), MIT SMR, A Paradox No More: Investing in Automation and People.

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  • Automation is here, but so too is a deeper appreciation for investing in learning and skills development for human workers.
  • Major companies have realized the strategic benefits of upskilling. 
    • We should not fear new robot overlords. 
    • Instead, the sharpest, most strategic companies are making a simultaneous investment in people who can power progress.
  • This time, the robots really are coming.
  • For the first time, the majority of robots ordered last year in North America won’t be going to automotive factories. Instead, companies in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and biomedical industries are responsible for a significant upturn in orders.
  • Automation is here, but so too is a deeper appreciation for and investment in things like upskilling, learning and development, and education for all workers.
  • There’s a simple explanation underlying this apparent paradox. Robots don’t program themselves. Managers are required to design and oversee processes that use technology. In most organizations, that means there’s an urgent need to upgrade talent.
  • Robots and other forms of automation also require regular maintenance, tweaks to their performance, and other important quality-control measures that require a human touch. 
  • And managers are becoming all too aware of the implicit bias that can creep into the algorithms that undergird artificial intelligence — and the need for humans to proactively monitor for and correct it.
  • To be clear, automation in the form of robots, artificial intelligence, and more will take over tasks that are part of routines that are repeatable and rules-based.
  • But for many organizations, automating some tasks will both enable them to do more and make it more critical that they upskill their workforces.
  • If your company is actively educating and upskilling its workforce and fully builds this effort into its strategy, it is less likely to be caught flat-footed by broader changes in technology. 

Category 2: The Big Picture of the Digital Age

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Michael B. Horn is a senior strategist at Guild Education and the author of multiple books on the future of education, including Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life (Jossey-Bass, 2019). He is also the cofounder of the Clayton Christensen Institute. C.J. Jackson is senior communications lead at Guild Education.

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Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to create a world in which all individuals can build their passions and fulfill their potential. He is the author of many books, including Choosing College, and Goodnight Box, a children’s story.

Michael is a senior strategist at Guild Education, which partners with leading employers and organizations to help offer education and upskilling opportunities to America’s workforce. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.

Michael is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. He serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including the Clayton Christensen Institute, the Robin Hood Learning+Tech Fund, and the LearnLaunch Institute. He also serves as an executive editor at Education Next and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

C.J. Jackson is senior communications lead at Guild Education.

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Working at the intersection of communications, public policy and storytelling with more than 15 years experience in startups, media and management positions. A creative thinker and quick-study with a track record of elevating brands and personalties, developing strategy and crafting executive communications and thought leadership.

I lead the communications and pr team at Guild Education, a venture-backed company on a mission to unlock opportunity for America's workforce through education and upskilling. In my role I work on communications strategy and with Guild's senior leadership on executive voice, creating content — including writing and message events — that showcases our work.

I'm also an adjunct professor and lifelong learner. I teach journalism and communications at the University of Southern California, and previously taught for UCLA's extension campus and served as a fellow at the University of Kansas' Dole Institute of Politics.

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