The world is constantly changing and advancing. The way we work is one of the most common areas that are constantly changing. In ancient times, people had to manually cut wood, carry them to a destination and they manually had to do all labor work. Today, technology has made these tasks easier, faster and much more convenient. This advantage that is offered by technology doesn’t only make it easier for workers to do their job but also makes the workers much more productive. The more productive workers are, the more money a business makes. Thus, if you consider how technology is helping businesses, it becomes clear that the development of technology has provided a significant boost in the world’s economy. One specific area of technology, known as artificial intelligence, is a particular field that is helping companies boost their productivity and grow with this ever-changing world.
Unfortunately, not everyone has a positive view on the advancements of technology and all of the developments in artificial intelligence. While many people consider these advancements positive and a way for humanity to “evolve”, others see it as “playing with fire”. In the business world, people often consider artificial intelligence as a threat to employment opportunity. For example, in 2014, Tech Republic reported that artificial intelligence could have a considerable negative effect on employment opportunities and may even cause employment rates to drop. Fortunately, many technology companies have realized that artificial intelligence should not be used to replace jobs, but rather to enhance the productivity and abilities of human workers. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways artificial intelligence can help businesses enhance the way their workers perform their daily jobs.
Artificial Intelligence Built Into Computer Software
Let’s face it. The time of printing documents and writing on paper has gone. It is time to step into the new era and embrace the fact that everything has moved on to the digital world. Documents, communication and many other aspects that were once done in a physical environment, is now done on a computer. We don’t even have a use for photos anymore – taking a “selfie” and setting it as your avatar on social networks are now the most popular method of photography. Artificial intelligence plays a big role in this “movement” as this technology allows people to be much more productive while working on documents, creating schedules, managing their business and personal life’s, and more. Here are some examples of how artificial intelligence in computer software is boosting productivity and helping companies move forward:
- Document editors, such as Microsoft Word, now has built-in features that automatically tells the user if they made any spelling or grammar mistakes. A professional document needs to be professionally written – free of any mistakes. By utilizing this AI technology, users can create professional documents without having perfect skills.
- At first, people had to write a letter and then post it off to someone else. The recipient of the letter sometimes had to wait for a very long time for the letter to arrive, especially if they lived in a different country. Today, we can communicate with people from anywhere in the world at the touch of a button. Email and digital communication programs are also being equipped with artificial intelligence – these programs now automatically correct any problems with an email, creates a professional design and, depending on the operating system and specific application, may even set automatic reminders, load up maps or perform other functions for the user in order to help them increase the speed at which they perform tasks.
- We now have personal assistants built into our computers, tablets, and smartphones. Siri, for example, is an artificial intelligence assistant that is built into all Apple devices. This technology acts like the user’s personal assistant – it will listen and respond to the user’s commands. The technology can also set reminders, write emails and perform many other “human-like’ tasks.
Artificial Intelligence In Labor Work Environments
While working at a desk means you are automatically hooked up to technology that utilizes artificial intelligence to help you improve your efficiency, people that are working on the outside – such as in the factory – still needs to perform several tasks by hand. Fortunately, even these tasks are being sped up and made more convenient with the utilization of artificial intelligence technology.
During the manufacturing of products, a lot of labor workers usually had to be involved in the process. Each would have a specific task that could easily cause a disruption in the entire manufacturing process if anything goes wrong. This also means that the manufacturing process was quite slow. Today, we see artificial intelligent robots doing a lot of work in factories – from punching holes to soldering circuit boards and more. By developing robots that do these jobs, the labor workers can focus on other tasks that have a more significant impact on the company’s bank balance. In some workplaces, artificial intelligence is also used as a type of virtual assistant to workers, thus helping them to improve the way they conduct certain tasks.
The advancements that are made in artificial intelligence are helping many companies advance in the business world. This technology holds many benefits for improving the productivity of workers and even adding more value to their employment. Even though some people see artificial intelligence as a threat to employment rates, it is important to note that this technology is not made to act 100% on its own, but rather to help human workers do better jobs at a faster pace.
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