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The Work Revolution:

What about People?

Digital transformation is revolutionizing the human production factor. From a business perspective, this means that robots and machines can now work with people or even replace them. What’s more, process complexity and the need for new skills are both rapidly increasing. On the other hand, employees are concerned about their future and are trying to find their role in Industry 4.0. Reason enough for INSITE to speak with different stakeholders about the “human factor”. In these interviews, a scientist, an economic philosopher, and a senior industry representative outline their views on the role of humans in the working world of the future.

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Even the Smartest Factory

Will Still Need People

Artificial intelligence, robots, quantum computers: digital transformation is dominated by highly complex machines. By contrast, people are increasingly being viewed as liabilities instead of assets. Toni Wäfler, professor at the FHNW School of Applied Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, disagrees. He believes that the combination of humans and machines is the future of work. A conversation about human and artificial strengths and smart teams.

We Need Leaders,

Not Managers

The majority agrees that digitalization is improving our lives. But if the business philosopher Anders Indset is to be believed, all humanity is heading for some tough times – unless it finds economic and social answers to the digital transformation and the changing nature of work. To achieve this, companies and managers in particular are going to need to adapt. He talked to us about the importance of philosophy for the economy, sustainable economic models, and a new approach to leadership.

We Can Only Achieve Digital Transformation Together

The rapid speed and complexity of technological change is posing a challenge to Germany as a center of business and industry. More and more companies are turning to a new approach – collaboration – as a solution. For Andreas Weber, Vice President Global Business Development, Technology & Infrastructure at Evonik, this is the only strategy that will effectively secure Germany’s economic future. He talked to us about exchanging data across industries and necessary change processes.

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