It’s great to get out of the office and bond with your co-workers. And why not do it 30 feet in the air, moving at about 40 miles per hour?
Experts disagree on where artificial intelligence (AI), automation, cloud computing, and machine learning are taking us in the future. And whether you believe machines will take over the world or that humans always will have control over technology, one thing is certain – we’re in for change.
Every Monday morning, CloudFactory hosts team meetings in each of our locations around the world: the U.S., UK, Nepal, and Kenya. Last week, our founder and CEO, Mark Sears, joined us from the UK to share a special message: Every single worker is important to our mission and, while it doesn’t always make good business sense to stop to assist someone else in need, it pays off in the long run by creating stronger relationships with CloudFactory workers and the people in our communities.
AI Creates New Jobs and Titles for Workers
If NASA’s recruitment for a planetary protection officer teaches us anything, it’s that interesting job titles are a sign of the times. We are just beginning to feel the impact of automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace, and we can expect that impact to grow as AI matures. Instead of being a job taker as many suspected, it’s shaping up to be a job creator.
Everyday wild tales are told about the implications of AI. It seems everyone has an opinion, and more questions are raised than answered. Will we be forced, one day, to swear fealty to our robot overlords? Is the hype completely overblown? Or, is the truth somewhere in the middle? Probably. After all, equivocation is the safest space for amateur prognosticators, knowing full well it provides nothing in the way of clarity.
Today there are AI-powered apps that can tell you the breed of your dog or the species of a plant in seconds simply by taking a photo. When you upload an image to Facebook, your friends are identified immediately based on facial recognition technology. The ability for machines to do this specific type of analysis has, in some cases, surpassed humans, and the lifeblood of these advanced AI technologies is visual data.
We’re incredibly excited to announce a $7.3 million Series B round from prominent impact investors including Dolma Impact Fund and The Social Entrepreneurs' Fund. The investment comes after the successful launch of WorkStreams™, which provide fast-growing companies an alternative to the stagnant outsourcing and dubious crowdsourcing options currently available.
Today, there is a lot more to running a political campaign than shaking hands and kissing babies. In the past decade, big data has played a huge role in political races. In both U.S. presidential campaigns, Barack Obama famously leveraged data and analytics to learn more about and attract individual voters.
In the past year, augmented reality (AR) shot to the mainstream with a little app known as Pokémon GO. Yet, AR goes way beyond the world of gaming. While entertainment is one industry exploring the possibilities of AR, commerce, healthcare, education and other sectors are banking on the promise of AR as well.
It’s clear that automation has come a long way. Self-driving cars are now being tested on public roads, many routine business process have been automated, and the manufacturing industry relies on robots – and it’s not slowing down. By 2018, it’s estimated that 1.3 million industrial robots working in factories around the globe. The simple fact is that automation is disrupting every industry, from healthcare to marketing, and it is changing how we interact and get work done.