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Workplace of the future

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Matt Darvill Work Life, Work, Lifestyle...

The workplace is changing all the time, with technological innovations and the demand for greater efficiency resulting in constant evolution. But what might this mean for your working life, and what specific products might become second nature in the office?

Smart Office

This will be the most accessible and biggest change to working life. Everyday items like desks will be transformed to encourage healthier working. Similar to an Apple Watch/Fitbit your desk will tell you when you need to stand up and move around. We can also expect voice controlled devices to have more functionality. Amazon are already developing a business version of Alexa, to manage your appointments and act as a virtual PA!

AI Adverts

We saw a story this week about a machine that is capable of writing 25 adverts a second, which is pretty impressive. The thing that’s really amazing is that the machine is now learning and implementing some more creative language. This included one gem from a hotel advert, with the signoff being ‘have a suite time’. With this kind of progress being made already, it probably won’t be long before a lot of adverts we read are being autonomously produced by a computer.

Office Layouts

This is quite a common one for theorists to debate, as whilst functional, people are generally not fans of the standard cubicles and private offices design. Many new, purpose-built offices are being designed in ‘zones’. To allow people different spaces depending on how they need to work. More and more office space is being given to ‘collaborative areas’ as businesses move away from traditional rows of desks. It won’t be suitable for every business, but expect to see this thinking being more widely adopted in the near future.

Li-Fi

As our need to send and consume larger amounts of information keeps growing, so does the demand for faster and faster internet speeds. The system uses LED lights instead of radio waves, and is 100 times faster than existing Wi-Fi. Also, it doesn’t interfere with other transmissions, making it more secure and therefore particularly useful for certain sectors, like hospitals and the military. Aeroplanes are seen as a natural fit for this technology as well, due to the increased security, so could revolutionise productivity whilst travelling.

Have you seen any new tech or design changes that you’d like to see in the office? Let us know in the comments.