Intelligent CIO North America Issue 25 - Page 55

FEATURE : MODERN WORKPLACE
than calls and they were excited about the prospect of computers communicating with each other .
I dismissed these ideas at the time and did not believe the humble phone line had any potential to transform both the way we live and work .
How wrong I was – but it goes to show that whatever might seem unworkable at present can soon become a reality that we all depend on .
Mark Bowen , Editorial Director of Lynchpin Media and Editor of Intelligent CIO North America .
times especially for those that have to address the congregation , but this is a good routine to get into . It offers the chance for colleagues who do not have the need to communicate on a day-today basis to actually see each other and provides the chance to ask questions that do not warrant a special call .
• Make the most of the chat facility in your communications software . This comes into its own for those issues that just require a quick ‘ yes ’ or ‘ no ’ answer and the ability to set up specific groups to communicate with is a real time-saver too .
So how do I see the modern workplace evolving ? When I was a child , I thought the idea of watching TV on small portable screens was the stuff of science fiction – highly desirable but unlikely to happen any time soon .
As for the future , I expect to see the dramatic expansion of the Internet of Things .
We ’ ve all read about the potential of the Tactile Internet ( sometimes known as the Internet of Touch ) where a human can wear a pair of virtual reality gloves to touch a virtual object .
The gloves contain sensors on the fingers and wrists to track movement and the positioning of the hand .
With the advent of more sophisticated AI and quicker network response times , the accuracy of such procedures can be expected to increase .
But it was part of our everyday lives within a couple of decades due to the revolution within the telecommunications industry . The potential for such all-consuming transformation first came to my attention in the early 1980s when I was watching a Saturday morning show for kids .
A scientist was asked during a phone-in what they thought would be the most important technological development in the coming decades . They replied that they thought phone lines could be used for much more
The ability for humans to touch and reliably interact with remote or virtual objects has potentially revolutionary consequences for a whole variety of workplaces .
Such technology is being developed quietly by teams of scientific researchers and once public trust grows in such procedures , I can see the modern workplace being transformed once more .
In the meantime , we can all have a great deal of fun speculating just exactly how it will do so . p
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