The future of work involves automation and augmentation.They say that robots are coming to take our jobs. At Autodesk, we are hoping to help create new industries to mitigate the negative effects of the changing work environment. Just as people moved to factories when agricultural tools (e.g., tractors) reduced the need for farm workers, what will people do in the future? So, what does the future of work hold for us? They say robots are coming for us. At Autodesk, we believe that robots are coming for us. Instead of supplanting us, robots and humans will work side by side. We make software that helps work get done because Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you're creating a high-performance car, a towering skyscraper, a smartphone, or a great film, your work can be aided by Autodesk applications and services. That's true now and will remain true in the future.
We used #AU2017 as an opportunity to take the pulse of our customers with regard to the future of work. We set up 3 activities in the middle of the Exhibit Hall. We asked 3 questions:
What do you want to spend less time doing so that you can spend more time doing?
The first exercise involved identifying something that visitors wanted to spend less time doing and writing that on a LEGO block. The visitors then added the brick to a "DO LESS" structure. Visitors then identified something that they wanted to spend more time doing and writing that on a second LEGO block. The visitors then added that brick to a "DO MORE" structure.
This exercise got visitors to think about their current jobs to identify what parts they would gladly see automated away. They also got the chance to identify the part that they would enjoy seeing augmented.
Check out #AU2017 Sought To Unearth What Customers Love/Hate About Their Jobs to see how that turned out.
What technologies are you most excited about with regard to the future of your work?
The second exercise involved identifying the technologies that visitors felt would be most impactful to their work in the future. Visitors were given 10 mini-balls that they could distribute among 5 cylinders. Each cylinder corresponded to a technology. Placing a min-ball in a cylinder was casting a vote for that technology.
This exercise got visitors to consider up and coming technologies and how they might help automate away the tedium from their jobs or augment the enjoyable aspects of their current work in the future.
Check out What technologies are customers excited about for the future of their work? The people have spoken. to see how that turned out.
What do you need to learn to prepare yourself for the future of work?
Having thought about what technologies can automate the parts of work that visitors would like to spend less time doing and what technologies can augment the parts of work that visitors would like to more time doing, visitors were asked what they felt that they needed to learn to be prepared for the future of work.
Here is how that turned out.
Visitors found this exercise more challenging. Whereas the less/more exercise consisted of 4,000 LEGO bricks, and the technologies exercise included 12,000 mini-balls, the third exercise involved a single post-it note per visitor.
Some of the humorous answers included:
- How to make better coffee
- Basic fighting skills
- To do magic
Some of the interesting answers included:
- How to translate business objectives into digestible, consumable, and actionable strategic plans
- How to seamlessly get AutoCAD and Revit to play together
- How to create exquisite PDFs from Revit
- BIM 360
- Conditional assemblies in AutoCAD Civil 3D
- To trust the security of the cloud
- Blockchain for digitally sealing plan sets
- Visual Programming with Dynamo
- Forge programming with Python
- Fusion 360
- How to create a better materials database
- Understanding how others in the world live
- Another language
Thanks to all of the AU attendees who participated in any or all of the 3 exercises.
Even though Autodesk University has come and gone, it's never too late to consider your future of work. What do you need to learn? How can Autodesk help? Our aim is to help you make more things, better things, with less. A combination of tools, skills, and mindset is necessary. Together, we can imagine, design, and make a better world.
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