Extract from an article by Grace Chen, featuring Josh Healy
Where is the future of the workforce headed? It’s unclear, but Dr Josh Healy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership may be one step closer to finding the answer. In this interview, we discuss the upcoming Future of Work Conference, and his fascinating research in this field.
CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS?
My research focuses on the future of work and workplaces, mainly with the development and implementation of new technologies – mostly artificial intelligence and robotics – and how they are changing demand for future workers.
I have a strong interest in the constant improvement of digital technologies, within which the rapid advancement is allowing computers to do work that a short time ago would not have been possible. Machines are drawing on artificial intelligence and ‘thinking’, unlike before, where they could only act on concrete instructions. Highly specialised professionals are finding that their jobs are also changing with this type of technology, which is in turn prompting questions such as – when will this advancement end?
Another topic that should be discussed is whether we can do better at sharing the job opportunities around. With technological advancement, some jobs will inevitably become redundant, but there will also be many new jobs created. Historically, however, we have seen that these opportunities go mainly to more skilled workers, who are trained in more cognitive tasks..(continues)
SOURCE: Grace Chen, “Where is the future of the workforce headed?”, The University of Melbourne Newsroom, November 2017
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