In my previous blog post reference to Marco Annunziata's Forbes Blog post, "Universal Basic Income: A Universally Bad Idea," I noted that companies need to provide toolsets for jobs of the future, training for the required skillsets, and help everyone change their mindsets towards a new reality. Autodesk is not only developing new tools for how our customers will work in the future, but we are also researching how people learn so we can take advantage of new learning methods to help our customers learn how to use our new tools. Our efforts for tomorrow are being done in collaboration with our customers today. We're focusing on things that we can actually do and are making sure that they are related to the markets that we serve. This includes professional and technical workers across a spectrum of industries and geographies.
So what are we considering when we research the future of work and the learning required to address that future?
- New industries will emerge. Regardless of what they are, the process of design/make/use where what is learned during make and use feeds back into design will be part of those industries.
- New tasks and job roles will emerge. The workflows may be radically changed, but a combination of people and machinery will be at the heart of everything that gets imagined, designed, and made.
- Speaking of people and machinery, the relationship between tools and humans will change as robots (i.e., intelligent tools) take on more and more of the work.
- New methods of learning will need to address both technical and human skills.
- Our tools need to provide support for complex technical tasks. Technologies like augmented reality can help those without technical backgrounds to understand things like complex assemblies and repair/maintenance tasks.
The future is not just about new and better tools to help us with more complex tasks. Autodesk is also considering humans and the nature of work as part of that future.
Planning is alive in the lab.