As 2017 draws to a close, LinkedIn asked experts in a range of fields to share the ideas that will make the biggest impact in 2018.
Some of the greatest insights had to do with the future of the workplace.
CEOs, professors, and entrepreneurs weighed in with predictions about everything from open offices to corporate diversity.
Read on to find out how these experts think work will change for most people in the next 12 months.
James Manyika, chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute, says you probably won’t lose your job — but it will change
Manyika says jobs will fall into one of three buckets: lost (e.g. cashiers), gained (e.g. robot repairers), and changed (everyone else). According to a McKinsey report, up to one-third of the American workforce may have to learn new skills and change occupations by 2030.
Jobcase CEO and founder Fred Goff told Business Insider’s Aine Cain that blue-collar workers shouldn’t worry too much about the coming of the robots. That’s because there will likely be new jobs that we haven’t even thought of yet.
Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, says we’ll start paying more attention to technology’s effects on our daily lives
“We’re at an inflection point,” she told LinkedIn.
Huffington said something similar in an article for NBC News: “[W]hat we need is to re-calibrate our relationship our technology. This is one of the most important conversations of our time. … Importantly, our ability to have this conversation won’t last forever. The rise of AI, and the increasing hyper-connectivity of our daily lives, has the potential to erode our humanity even further.”
Some experts in the fields of mental health and psychology have already started making some noise around this issue. For example, Business Insider’s Chris Weller spoke to Adam Alter, an NYU psychology professor and the author of the new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” about our addiction to technology.
Alter says people who work at technology companies are literally responsible for creating products that people can’t resist — but simply being aware of a product’s irresistible design is the first step to fighting the addiction.
Wharton professor Adam Grant says artificial intelligence will help us with creative projects
Think speeches you’ve given or articles you’ve written. What made them great — and how can you replicate the success?
“A.I. is going to help us learn from our own successful routines,” Grant said, adding that he’s already set up a database with all his work so the technology can start analyzing.
A less-fancy version of this technology is already available in speech-coaching apps such as Ummo. As Business Insider’s Nathan McAlone reported, Ummo tracks your speech so you know which phrases you overuse and learn how to pace yourself.
Grant also predicted that companies will start adding CLOs — chief learning officers — who will help workers prepare should they have to switch jobs.
Grant said: “If you don’t think it’s strategic to have a function that comes right down from the C-suite — to think how do we retrain, and how do we reskill? — then you’re going to be missing out on a really high-qualified workforce to do jobs that don’t exist today.”