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The report forecasts that emerging technologies, supported by massive advancements in
software, big data and processing power, will
alter our lives.
But what about jobs in the future? Will
machines replace or enhance humans? IFTF
believes 85 percent of jobs in 2030 haven't
been invented yet. The ability to gain new
knowledge will be valued more highly than the
knowledge people already have. This means
that "in-the-moment learning" enabled by
AR will become critical. AI will open up new
opportunities boosting the workforce. Imagine
new specialists in tech and IT focused on AI
training and integration in businesses.
There is also the potential for an uptick
in the use of AR headsets in business.
Construction workers, architects and engineers
using AR headsets will be able to visualize
projects before they're built or train workforces
on simulations of tasks without needing to
be onsite. VR has strong prospects, but it is
AR that has a huge potential to transform the
workplace.
Machines will impact society in new ways:
* Create even greater efficiencies and
possibilities, helping humans transcend
limitations.
* Help humans to become "digital conductors," allowing technology to work as
an extension, assisting people to better
manage daily activities.
* Enable organizations to find employees
by using advanced data-driven matchmaking technologies to locate and
employ global talent.
* Encourage learning "in the moment" to
enable industries to acquire new skills
to survive as the pace of change becomes
more rapid.
Never before has the world experienced so
much disruption. According to Dell's Digital
Transformation Index, 52 percent of senior
decision makers across 16 countries have
experienced significant disruption to their
industries as a result of digital technologies.
And nearly one in two businesses believe
there's a possibility their company will become
obsolete in the coming years.
"To leap ahead in the era of human-machine
partnerships, every business will need to be a
digital business, with software at its core," says
Jeremy Burton, chief marketing officer, Dell.
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"But organizations will need to move fast and
build capacity in their machines, ready their
infrastructure and enable their workforce in
order to power this change."
Rachel Maguire, research director, IFTF,
adds, "We need to focus on what the new relationship between technology and people could
look like and how we can prepare accordingly.
If we engage in the hard work of empowering
human-machine partnerships to succeed, their
impact on society will enrich us all."

A Fresh Take
Leading the tech charge is Liam Quinn, senior
vice president, senior fellow and chief technology officer (CTO) at Dell Technologies. He
has helped transform the personal computing
revolution over his 30 plus year career.
Growing up on the rural west coast of
Ireland as the eldest of nine children, Quinn
did farm chores and walked to his two-room
school each day. As a teenager he set in motion
a project that changed his life - he wired his
childhood home and brought electricity to his
family farm for the first time. "That was my
initial start into electrical engineering," he says.
His love of engineering drove Quinn to the
Dublin Institute of Technology and in 1986
he also earned a master's degree in computer
engineering from Boston University. After
working at several computing companies
including Computer Automation, Digital
Equipment Corporation and Thomas Conrad
Corporation, he was recruited by Dell in 1997.
Today, the same passion to solve problems
drives him as he leads one of the world's most
respected computer company's technology
efforts. As CTO, he leads tech innovation
across the Client Solutions Group. He is
working with his CTO peers across the Dell
Technology family of companies to drive endto-end solutions and product differentiation to
best serve customers.
He says, "We want to drive new markets. A
great example is how we're driving the VR and
AR ecosystems. We have incredible products
that span the creation of content, to the
infrastructure that houses, secures and serves
that content, all the way to the systems that
all kinds of people use to power and consume
these experiences," he explains.
"VR and AR are great examples of
disruptive technology that can be truly transformative. But it can also be daunting and
we know our customers and partners need
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