27 September 2018 | Kevin Stanley
Is our dependency on technology threatening to displace humans from the workplace? That was the question addressed at the CoreNet Global Summit, taking place this week in Madrid at the NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding.
Opening speaker Anders Indset, the business philosopher and author, explored the underlying forces transforming the world. He discussed how professionals and corporates need to embrace factors such as different mindsets, simplicity and 'wild knowledge', to navigate this era of permanent revolution and increasing complexity.
"We need a new, plausible and validated view of the world," he argued. "We're currently heading for 'Homo Obsoletus'. The more information there is, the less we know, and IQ levels are going down. We need to create a society of understanding. As a society, we're starting to rely on technology."
Indset called on the corporate real estate (CRE) leaders present to move the business model forward: to innovate, but by changing perceptions of how we see the world.
"The biggest threat to the future is that we think everyone else will take care of it", he said. Indset offered suggestions for change such as questioning why we do things the way we do (such as going to unproductive meetings), facing fears and being open to failure. "Take conscious small steps every day to be leaders of change and curators of compassion," he concluded.
Focusing on artificial intelligence and the human experience, Kay Sargent, MCR.w, and Yelena Mokritsky of HOK outlined how evolving technologies and new innovations are impacting work, workers and the workplace.
Looking at such technological advancements in the workplace, Sargent argued that the future of the corporate office would focus on the experience of visitors and employees, and how individuals feel connected and a part of something. "We are no longer designing environments, we're designing experiences", said Sargent.
This transformation will also see some professional roles change, including that of the Facilities Manager, whose focus will be more on creating great experiences in the workplace and less on those functions of which technology is already taking control.
The summit, which began on Monday, ends today (27 September).