How Artificial Intelligence can and does influence Coworking Spaces

Enter the coworking space. One looks around and sees bustling busy-bodies, pouring over work with an unparalleled passion.

The users of coworking spaces are many times the innovators, the entrepreneurs, the creatives and the passionate. They bring forth new ideas from the nooks and crannies of their minds and pursue solutions that many thought couldn’t exist.

In a new technological age that is progressing faster and faster, we’re very quickly being confronted with artificial intelligence on a daily basis. Where does this latest and greatest phenomenon – that has inspired Hollywood and given Will Smith a migraine – fit into the business, and coworking space realm?

Artificial Intelligence defined

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is defined as a branch of computer science that deals with simulation of intelligent behaviour in computers or the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour.

What does this mean for everyday working life at your office? Let’s look at a couple of places where Artificial Intelligence can and already does influence our coworking habitat.

Replacing people, replacing their jobs or helping jobs happen?

It is important to keep in mind that artificial Intelligence cannot ultimately replace people. The economy will always shift and people will carve out roles for themselves where they provide economic value. How long this transformation takes, is, of course, another question. People are unimaginably creative. It is a subjective expression of humaneness, an interpretation of one’s surroundings and emotions that run rampant within every person.

Currently, artificial intelligence cannot simulate those expressive reactions to life. While artificial intelligence cannot replace the person, we need to see how it can enhance our skills, quicken a process or remove tasks that need to be done.

How is Artificial Intelligence happening at work right now?

The areas that are already the most affected by artificial intelligence are those that are repetitive or done by computer systems. Speed and accuracy are the names of the game!

Some examples of everyday AI happening can be found all around us. With amazing memory capacity, we see in the legal field, for example, case law from many moons ago that can be summoned and be ready at the press of a few buttons. On the other hand, the medical industry experiences benefits with so-called “research aides” that can bring up relevant medical articles faster than one can say scalpel.

In the coworking environment, this automation is not only beneficial for its access to information. It also reduces the number of things the lone ranger has to do and further reduces the cost of employment. But these are merely the simple things that we’ve gotten used to.

Team collaboration software and apps have been developed to such a point, in effect escalating the use of artificial intelligence, where it has become a powerful aspect for rising above competitors.

Artificial intelligence can also be personalised for every businesses’ own needs. If you require a program that performs a specialised task, there are many companies out there that can create a program or an app to do this for you. Yes, it might require a capital investment, but it can be money well spent.

With artificial intelligence, countless task, processes and job roles can be automated. This means time is saved, and labour costs can be reduced and channelled into new progressive job roles for the people around you.

Social media, it’s mind boggling

A particular place where AI is advancing tremendously, is the social media and online space.

Online tools in the marketing environment can read and suggest unbelievable actionables from advanced data mining. The reality is, every time we go online, we are creating an identity for ourselves that artificial intelligence is finding easier to understand. Companies use this to better market their offerings in the places we most frequently visit.

Embracing and using social media has become the norm. It is a form of advertising, keeping up to date with the happenings of the world and also a source of information. Things like Workspace by Facebook has found a way of making social media ‘safe for work’ by integrating one’s Newsfeed and trending posts with job-related analytics and other specialised features. All of this happens through artificial intelligence that reads what we are doing on the tools we use.

Be smarter to work smarter

There are few things more frustrating than struggling to use a tool that is supposedly supposed to make life easier. [Insert colourful and fragrant socially-unacceptable language here].

Artificial intelligence is still reliant on human input in many touch-points, so if you are being a bit backwards, the program is going to give you a slice of your own stupidity. By understanding the function of AI around us, we can streamline our work, boost our productivity and create unique value propositions to differentiate from competitors.

In an article for WIRED.com, Andrew Ng, from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory said that there will never be a shortage of people who can synthesise information, think critically and creatively, and be flexible in how they act in different positions.

The success of the future business world will require a synergy between man and technology and for the coworking space users, they are already one step ahead – and there seems to be no lack of stairs.


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