Robot Workforce Humor

The robot workforce became a serious point of discussion and contention in 2017. Books like Martin Ford's Rise of the Robots and Joseph Aoun's Robot-Proof have created intrigue and hype around when and how robots will take over the workforce in the fourth industrial revolution (4iR). I've got some pretty useful cheat sheets for these books on this page.

As I've shared on Twitter and in the World Economic Forum's Future of Work Facebook group, the question we should be focusing on isn't what will happen in the future of work, it's what should happen in the future of work? This kind of proactive scenario planning and future-proofing conversation puts agency in the hands of leaders across industry, government, and education. This should be a broader public conversation than is currently taking place.

Skeptics of the robot workforce claim that the "rise of the robot" mentality is hype and that we're all "doomsayers." It's as if those of us raising awareness and starting a broader social conversation about the fourth industrial revolution are  running around screaming, "The robots are coming , the robots are coming!!!" That's not at all the case.

In fact, when you look at economic data behind the rise of robotics, it's almost scarier that more leaders aren't discussing questions like: 

1. How will automation impact our community? 

2. What is our plan for up-skilling our workforce? 

3. How can we create a more future-proof or future-ready educational system, workplace, or community? 

These are the questions that I will be leading with in 2018 to help clients start more productive conversations about the future of work. This conversation is just beginning and there is much more to unpack.

But for now, to wrap up 2017 on a lighter note, I thought we could have some Robot Workforce Fun! 

Here's the game: Provide a Caption for the Image below, and Tell Us What you Think this Robot is Saying?

My caption and call out are listed below.

Robot workforce humor

How the City of Chicago Can Capitalize on Self-Driving Cars

"I'm sorry Ma'am. It doesn't matter that your self-driving car was parked in a tow zone. You're still going to have to pay the $200 fee."

Leave your funniest reply in the comments below. And thanks for a great 2017. 

Looking forward to sharing more and working together in 2018. Happy Holidays and Here's to a Prosperous 2018!

See you in the Future! 

Dr. Chris Groscurth

Chris Groscurth, Ph.D.

Chris Groscurth, Ph.D., is author of Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. For the past 20 years he has worked as a researcher and strategic advisor to leaders across healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government and education. In addition to his consulting work, Chris addresses thousands of leaders annually through speaking engagements and workshops. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions with Gallup, the University of Michigan, and Trinity Health. Chris currently leads Stryker's global learning design and development team, shaping the future of leadership in a high-growth medical technology company. Chris received his doctorate in human communication processes from the University of Georgia and has bachelor's and master's degrees in human communication studies from Western Michigan University.

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