Creating the exponential professional

This post is the third in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on how professionals, organizations, and regulatory bodies can bridge the gap between the professional of today and the exponential professional of tomorrow.

Posted by Darryl Wagner, and Caroline Bennet on April 10, 2018.

John, a property insurance underwriter, reviews satellite images and property data identified as a potential significant risk by cognitive technologies. Jane, an actuary employed by an insurance company, reviews a financial report produced by a bot and ponders how the company should respond to the increased claim costs highlighted in the report. John and Jane are exponential professionals who are employed in a future workplace transformed by rapidly developing technology. Such professionals rely heavily on deliverables produced by cognitive technology, and augment that technology with their uniquely human skill sets.

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Responsibilities of the exponential professional

This post is the second in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on the expectations and responsibilities of the exponential professional.

Posted by Darryl Wagner, and Caroline Bennet on March 21, 2018.

HR professionals use virtual reality to facilitate employee training and increase retention. Sports reporters use natural language generators to automatically recap games and to highlight interesting statistics. Actuaries use cognitive computing to automatically evaluate data, compute results, and predict new patterns. Professionals across many industries engage employers in alternative work arrangements through the gig economy. This future of work is rapidly becoming reality as technology develops exponentially. Exponential professionals are those who capitalize on the shifting workplace by embracing new technology, leave behind traditional automatable tasks, and apply their uniquely human skill set to more high-value, strategic roles.

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The rise of the exponential professional

This post is the first in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on ways exponential technological growth might impact professionals in the workplace of the future.

Posted by Darryl Wagner and Caroline Bennet on March 1, 2018.

AI. Automation. Machine Learning. Natural Language Processing & Generation. New technology is rapidly disrupting and transforming the nature of work and the identity of professions by enabling humans and machines to work together, side by side. A new breed of professional is rising to navigate this shifting landscape by embracing technology, leaving behind traditional tasks, and applying a uniquely human skill set to focus on higher-value, strategic roles. Enter the exponential professional.

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The humbotic imperative


Posted by Mike Bentley, Ben Dollar, Jeba Dharmaraj and Stephanie Levitt on November 30, 2017.

The rise of robots in organizations has resulted in two schools of thought—those who believe robots will replace humans and those who believe robots will help humans perform better. Our view is that the world has reached a tipping point where robots and humans are set to thrive in a symbiotic partnership. It’s time to start thinking, “Can a bot do this task for me?”

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Minds + Machines: Revolutionizing work, careers, and learning

Posted by
Michael Griffiths
,  Matt Stevens, and Carly Ackerman on October 27, 2017.

We often hear threats of the imminent doom headed our way in the form of artificially intelligent robots. Instead of considering robotics and cognitive technologies as a way to reduce the need for humans, organizations should be considering how the future of work drives complementary capacity created by automation. HR and Learning & Development (L&D) have a significant opportunity to help the organization transition toward structures capable of moving faster, learning rapidly, and embracing the dynamic, human-centered careers created as a result of digital proliferation and increased automation.

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HR in a digital workplace

HR in a digital workplace

Posted by Mark Bowden, Rajesh Attra, and Greg Vert on July 21, 2017.

Ever since the first industrial revolution, humans have needed to support processes by performing mundane, rule-based work. Now that technology is catching up in the digital revolution, humans can be released from those clerical and transactional roles to deliver the value of which we are capable. We see many examples in HR where this transition is already occurring. But the real opportunity is for HR to take ownership for blending and enabling a workplace mixed with human and digital talent, while leading the organization toward the augmented workforce of the future.

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Outsourcing HR services? Ask vendors about their robotic process automation capabilities

Posted by Dave Smith on July 13, 2017.

If your organization outsources some of its HR services—or is planning to—you’ll likely have a set of criteria for evaluating vendors. While there are many important factors to consider, a vendor’s current or planned use of robotic process automation (RPA) is a newer and increasingly important criterion that should not be overlooked. RPA’s ability to drive efficiencies, reduce costs, free resources, and support overall HR sustainability make it a key capability. You should expect your vendor to be using RPA and understand how you can benefit from it.

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The HR cognitive advantage

The HR cognitive advantage

Posted by Rajesh Attra and Greg Vert on May 12, 2017.

In our first post on this topic, we addressed the question: Can robots replace HR? While the answer is “not entirely,” there is no doubt this technology represents both a significant disruptor and opportunity for HR. To back it up, our team has spent the last couple months working with early adopter clients and deploying internal Deloitte pilots to better understand the potential of robotics and cognitive solutions within the HR function. Our experience to date indicates there are three primary capabilities where digital options should be considered to supplement and augment the human talent in HR.

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Can robots replace HR?

Can robots replace HR?
Posted by Michael Gretczko and Rajesh Attra on November 17, 2016.

Automation and artificial intelligence are hot topics these days, to the extent President Obama has recently started to position the future of smarter technologies as a critical topic for his successor to address.1 This transformation has broad impacts, but the changes expected in the HR function and the overall workplace are of significant interest.

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