The future of the work place

A viewpoint article on the BBC website, outlined some thinking on the future of the work place and how future technology will free us from the office.  Holograms, 3D avatars, smart surfaces...all will take us away from having to be in a location.

There is no doubt that work will change.  It has always evolved from large offices of resource intensive organisations to more mobile and connected companies of today.


However these articles with their inevitable focus on technology (written by someone from Virgin Media) always seem to ignore people.  All these technologies ignore the natural resistance to change - in fact part of the success of tablets seems to be in replicating the paper and pen experience of old.

But also work is and will probably remain about human interaction.  It is important in driving creativity and innovation - people need to share ideas and thoughts.  But also it serves a social purpose.  It's not clear why we feel technology will remove this need and we can all sit on our own talking to the wall.

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DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: The future of the work place

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The future of the work place

A viewpoint article on the BBC website, outlined some thinking on the future of the work place and how future technology will free us from the office.  Holograms, 3D avatars, smart surfaces...all will take us away from having to be in a location.

There is no doubt that work will change.  It has always evolved from large offices of resource intensive organisations to more mobile and connected companies of today.


However these articles with their inevitable focus on technology (written by someone from Virgin Media) always seem to ignore people.  All these technologies ignore the natural resistance to change - in fact part of the success of tablets seems to be in replicating the paper and pen experience of old.

But also work is and will probably remain about human interaction.  It is important in driving creativity and innovation - people need to share ideas and thoughts.  But also it serves a social purpose.  It's not clear why we feel technology will remove this need and we can all sit on our own talking to the wall.

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