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2020 Predictions About Automation And The Future Of Work From Forrester
Over 1 million knowledge-work jobs will be replaced in 2020 by software robotics, RPA, virtual agents and chatbots, and machine-learning-based decision management. The automation market will see in 2020 a shift from point solutions to more comprehensive offerings that will address integration challenges and will enable best-in-class features that enterprises require. 80% of enterprises will recognize the threat of automation islands and determine that they’re no longer sustainable, Forrester predicts. As a result, they will set up automation strike teams, a new organizational approach with new roles, skills and jobs, that sits between traditional IT and domain experts. The cockpit crews did not understand what the automated system was doing because the development and implementation of these automated systems neglected to take into account that humans must step in when they cease functioning. Automation was also highlighted in Gartner’s recently published top ten strategic technology trends for 2020.
Understanding the range of automation mechanisms, how they relate to one another and how they can be combined and coordinated is a major focus for hyperautomation. The most recognizable forms of autonomous things are robots, drones, autonomous vehicles/ships and appliances. Their automation goes beyond the automation provided by rigid programing models, and they exploit AI to deliver advanced behaviors that interact more naturally with their surroundings and with people. As the technology capability improves, regulation permits and social acceptance grows, autonomous things will increasingly be deployed in uncontrolled public spaces, predicts Gartner. Another recent report about automation pointed out that the promise and potential challenges of automation may take a long time to manifest themselves.
The Future of Warehouse Work from UC Berkeley Labor Center offers an in-depth, detailed look at the range of ways in which warehouse work and the industry as a whole might change with the adoption of new technology over the next five to 10 years.
It then launches experiment and control clusters of that service, and routes a small amount of traffic to each. A specified FIT scenario is applied to the experimental group, and the results of the experiment are reported to the service owner. The best experiments do not disturb the customer experience. In line with the advanced Principles of Chaos Engineering, we run our experiments in production. With FIT, the impact of an experiment affects metrics for the whole system.
It is much easier to see how the experimental population has diverged from the control even though the impacted population was much smaller than in the FIT experiment. In order to have experiments run unsupervised, we had to make them safe. We designed a circuit breaker for the experiment that would automatically end the experiment if we exceeded a predefined error budget. To keep our results up-to-date, we have integrated ChAP with Spinnaker, our CI+CD system to run experiments often and continuously. Similar to how we segregated the KPIs for the experiment and control populations, we want to separate a few machines to experience extreme duress while the rest of the system was unaffected.
To set up the experiment, we deploy new API clusters that are proportionally scaled to the size of the population we want to study. For an experiment impacting 0.5% of the population on a system with 200 instances, we would spin up experiment and control clusters with one instance each.
Demographics and Automation
We argue theoretically and document empirically that aging leads to greater automation, and in particular, to more intensive use and development of robots. Using US data, we document that robots substitute for middle-aged workers. We then show that demographic change-corresponding to an increasing ratio of older to middle-aged workers-is associated with greater adoption of robots and other automation technologies across countries and with more robotics-related activities across US commuting zones. We also provide evidence of more rapid development of automation technologies in countries undergoing greater demographic change. Our directed technological change model further predicts that the induced adoption of automation technology should be more pronounced in industries that rely more on middle-aged workers and those that present greater opportunities for automation.
Both of these predictions receive support from country-industry variation in the adoption of robots. Our model also implies that the productivity implications of aging are ambiguous when technology responds to demographic change, but we should expect productivity to increase and labor share to decline relatively in industries that are most amenable to automation, and this is indeed the pattern we find in the data. A non-technical summary of this paper is available in the July 2018 NBER Digest.
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