Life is about to get a lot smarter

Machines are starting to think for themselves. Instead of fearing for our jobs, we should look forward to a world with less drudgery in the workplace

The World Today Updated 22 February 2021 Published 1 October 2014 3 minute READ

Robert Plant

Associate Professor and Department Vice Chair, Computer Information Systems, University of Miami Business School

When people think of robots, the image that comes to mind is of machines – sometimes in humanoid form – doing manual labour, and sometimes even behaving in something like a human way. The real changes in the world of work, though, are due to something less visible and more pervasive – the rise of connectivity. Connectivity is the ability to link data and things, which in this case means machines and processes – and people too.

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