It’s no secret that the use of technology has been vital in the way people work, and as a New Work Order looms, professionals are advising companies to give up on job roles, at least in the way we currently understand them.
This was the hot topic being discussed by CEO of Tomorrow Mike Walsh, BNY Mellon Chairman J. David Cruikshank, EPF Deputy Strategy Tunku Alizakri Alias, Willis Towers Watson MD Ravin Jesuthasan and futurologist Magnus Lindkvist.
Although the talks that were undertaken at the International Social Security Conference 2017 date back a couple of years, the talks are still prevalent today, especially given that technology is still evolving at a rapid pace.
Given the experience that futurologist Magnus Lindkvist has in the field of technology, he was keen to give his take on how the world adopts technology, and what methods could be undertaken to ensures that the partnership between technology and those adopting it ensures that the benefits can be yielded, while the mistakes can be corrected.
How Has the Job Role Changed?
There was once a time when jobs were clearly titles, but the term ‘job’ has changed over the last ten years, especially in relation to job security.
Mile Walsh cited gig economy jobs as a perfect example.
There can be an assumption that because a device such as a smartphone can allocate a task that involved delivering a parcel or drive a car, then this type of roles is effective and even future-proof, but this may not be the case.
Walsh believes that people will become frustrated and worried as they will have issues in obtaining insurances, and the backbone of a business could be based on an algorithm.
Futurologist Magnus Lindkvist stated that in a fast-moving world, it’s important to focus on things that aren’t changing.
Just because technology evolves at breakneck speed doesn’t mean that the social infrastructure will know how to adopt this technology.
Planning For the Future
Magnus Lindkvist believes that the secret to a successful future is to meet the changes it brings head-on.
For technology and social changes, Lindkvist states that taking the time out to instil change slowly means that change is more primed for success.
The economic crisis that was suffered by Sweden in the early 1990s was cited as an example when it came to the doom-and-gloom associated with the fiscal future of the country.
Lindkvist recalled that for a couple of years, all Sweden knew was bad news-2, with some even stating that the country was to fall.
Ten years later Sweden was on the cover of “Newsweek” due to the technological advance it had made.
Lindkvist continued, stating that when a short-term perspective is taken, then it will generally end with conflict and drama.
Tunku Aizakri questioned this approach, citing that technology has helped propel new start-ups to the forefront of the business would.
One of the examples used by Aizakri was the expansion of Airbnb, which overtook Hilton within a space of four years.
Lindkvist stood by his point stating that such events are due to market capitalism, and even be viewed in the same ways as fame, in that it is a series of misunderstandings surrounding a new name.
The use of exponential technology was also compared to flying.
While many can be allured by the concept of flying, but it’s not long before the focus is moved to complaints, rather than assessing just how fast we are able to move thanks to the place.
This again highlights that it is only in the short-term that an exponential development takes place.
Corporate or Customers: What’s Causing the Change?
Following the points of view raised by Lindkvist, Cruikshank was keen to follow up on something he had been pondering himself, and that was whether the changes being seen in technology are led by the consumer or corporate entities
Cruikshank also noted that the world had already gone through similar phases before, stating that technology should be viewed as a facilitator as opposed to something that should be reacted to, given that its purpose is to allow clients to operate in a different way.
Lindkvist continues to give a series on inspiring and thought-provoking speeches for several corporations and institutions around the world, with his speeches being described as performances and passionate.
If you’re looking to for a keynote speaker with a difference that can help a business or professional thrive in the uncertain future, then Magnus Lindkist is worthy of your consideration.