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We all know that the pressures on businesses change, and actually that the rate of change is ever increasing, but why is this? Obviously it depends on the area of business we are considering, let’s consider marketing. This is such an intense everyday activity for people everywhere that we become blind to it and hence campaigns that work today won’t necessarily work tomorrow.

But what about the bigger changes like global trading agreements that could affect material costs and the ability to sell into specific markets? These are clearly outside of our control and although it’s good to keep abreast of the facts, getting drawn into the media gossip is most likely to be just a waste our valuable time.

There is, however, a much bigger change looming on the horizon that we need to be aware of and that is the next technology shift, or paradigm shift. This is where computers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) become competent at taking over customer facing roles. Just imagine the impact on your business if millions of middle management and administration people were removed from business life. Could this affect your business? Are you ready for such changes? Will you treat this advancement in technology as an opportunity or a set back? I’d be interested to know your thoughts.

By David Betts

Below are a few articles connected with these issues:

Are You Considering The Next Major Impact On Businesses and Trade? by David Betts

Today’s news is still focusing on the impending disasters that they foresee from either Brexit, or Trump, or both. But in reality these are likely to be minor distractions that will shape our business operations in the future, but what would happen in a paradigm shift? If you are not constantly planning your company’s future, maybe you should consider it now. Here’s why: click here.

Let’s Think Intelligently About AI by Broadgate

Currently, the hot topic of conversation on the Internet is related to AI and the way it is progressing. It seems that almost every new product, service or feature has an AI. Broadgate’s article looks at the concept of AI and the different types that are developing: click here.

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Why You Need Emotional Intelligence by Dr Travis Bradberry

Emotional intelligence affects what we see, what we do, our personal competence and social competence. It is what sets star performers apart from the rest of the runners. In this article Dr Travis Bradbury highlights it as an area where humans can out perform machines. See: click here.

10 Questions Reveal The Limits Of AI by Chunka Mui

Artificial Intelligence developers are making amazing advances in numerous areas, like medicine and transport. However, developers have still a bit to go before AI is of the standard portrayed in futuristic films and TV shows. In this article Chunka Mui assesses how far developers have got: click here.

Technology Trends That Will Shape 2017 by Kevin Yamazaki

Change isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but it’s still inevitable. Read Kevin Yamazaki review of four technology trends that are defining 2017: click here.

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Innovation And The Impact On Future Jobs by Broadgate

The pace of change is astounding and some jobs that were prevalent last century are disappearing. In this article, Broadgate looks at the new types of jobs that could be created in 20 to 30 years time: click here.

The 3 Subtle ‘Soft’ Skills Crucial To Success – That will Only Get More Valuable In The Future by James Dennin

As automation appears to be steadily encroaching on our jobs, Dennin takes a look at ‘soft’ skills that make us human that will be difficult for robots to copy. See: click here.