Aidan Quilligan
Managing Director, Industry X.0 Global Lead, Manchester, U.K
August 14, 2018

Are You Prepared to Partner with the Machines?


Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just a futuristic notion—it’s here now, and more and more businesses are using it to fuel efficiency, growth and innovation.

How is that going to impact your career—and are you prepared to partner with the machines?

Reimagining business
We believe that AI will not replace human workers, but will actually augment their abilities by complementing their skills, collaborating on complex tasks and freeing them from routine or repetitive tasks through automation.

When we reviewed what 1,200 businesses around the world are doing with AI, we found that the leaders in this group are, in fact, investing in this kind of human and machine collaboration to grow faster, earn more and hire more people than their competitors. They are moving toward the idea of highly flexible teams that partner humans with AI solutions as they bring voice recognition, machine learning, intelligent robotics and other kinds of AI into the organization.

Human + machine collaboration
Leading companies are reimagining work processes and the traditional world of work. Machines may be doing the actual work, with a human partner to shape, teach and sustain the necessary algorithms. It’s all part of the digital reinvention of industry that we call Industry X.0.

For example, in auto manufacturing, rigid assembly lines are giving way to groups of employees working closely alongside robots. And the idea of a flexible plant that can manufacture not just one, but all the car models in a manufacturer’s portfolio suddenly seems very feasible using the power of AI.

But changes like these require humans to keep up, too. We will need to learn how to best work with—and alongside of—the machines that make their way into our workplaces.

Skills to succeed
In their book Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, Accenture colleagues Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson describe the importance of new types of working relationships between humans and machines, and why it’s more vital than ever that you build the skills you need to thrive in the workforce of the future.

Accenture research has shown: Leading companies in various industries are already pushing beyond mere automation, and are now developing the next generation of workflows and skills to capitalize on human-machine collaboration. And they do so by not only investing in AI solutions, but by pushing for the changes in culture, leadership, management and workforce skilling that are required to succeed.

Join a company that will help you build the skills you need to collaborate with AI and thrive in the workforce of the future. Find your fit with our Industry X.0 team.

Note: This edited excerpt is taken from Aidan Quilligan’s original blog post, The Future of Work in the Age of AI Will be Based on Human + Machine Collaboration.

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