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Jobs of the Future and the Emerging Megatrends




 ->  We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and 'thinking machines' are replacing human tasks and jobs.

 ->  How humans respond to these challenges and opportunities will determine the world in which the future of work plays out.

 ->  In the coming years uniquely human traits - emotional intelligence, creativity, persuasion, innovation - will become more valuable.

As the nation carefully refines Lockdown regulations, emphasis centres around the safe implementation of education. However, beneath this many Grade 12 scholars and University students will be pondering what the future holds. A period of unprecedented disruption has certainly made everyone acutely aware of the changing job market and its challenges and, for the optimists, a chance to seek out the opportunities and gaps in the automated world.

A report titled Workforce of the Future, The Competing Forces Shaping 2030 helps anchor the workplace narrative. Compiled by a team from PwC and the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation in Oxford, it conducted a survey of more than 10,000 people in China, India, Germany, the UK and the US, with many of the trends and responses applicable to South Africa.

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and 'thinking machines' are replacing human tasks and jobs, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and HR challenges - at a time when business leaders are already wrestling with unprecedented risks, disruption and societal upheaval. It is therefore imperative to understand how humans and machines might collaborate to deliver a corporate purpose... more


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Rearranging the grid to spice up the show?

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


Formula One’s stillborn idea to introduce reverse-grid starts for qualifying races highlights one of the sport’s greatest conundrums. For the past 70 years F1 grids have been assembled according to the fastest-to-slowest rule. Yet organisers expect the slower cars to compete with faster cars in the race.

Back in the day, the fastest driver was deemed to have set the quickest lap time in practice. In the 1968 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami “official practice” extended for three hours on each of the three days prior to the race.

Of course, this was before the TV age when such a programme would have been deemed too boring for the “fast and furious approach” demanded by TV sports producers. In 2003, following a number of variations, a one-lap qualifying format was settled upon. This was seen as a way to ensure more track action and TV coverage for the backmarkers.

Just three years later – after Michael Schumacher had proven to be able to “play” the system - F1 went back to its roots with multi-lap qualifying for 2006, albeit with a twist.

A new three-part qualifying system was drawn up, with the slowest drivers being progressively eliminated from each segment until 10 are left to fight it out for pole position. This knockout system proved to be an instant hit and has endured (despite some revisions) to today.

In the name of safety, the starting grid is staggered in a 1 x 1 format. Pole position gets an eight-metre advantage over the other “front row” driver. And the rows are separated by 16 metres.

Times have changed. Old photographs show that cars started two, three and even four abreast. They started “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the rows separated by a few metres, if that. This effectively minimised the advantage of the faster cars and bunched the field at the start.

For example, the 1954 French Grand Prix saw the two Mercedes-Benz of Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling line up within spitting distance of the Maserati of Alberto Ascari on the front row of the grid (pictured).

F1 insiders believe the idea to introduce reverse grids was an attempt to return to the old abreast-starting days without drawing attention to the hazards they would bring.

Predictably, F1 teams have rejected the idea, some insiders labelling it “very stupid”. You cannot introduce the halo (cockpit protection) and at the same time accept the first corner crashes reverse grids would promote, they say.

Is there an answer? How can F1 spice up its show? Does it need to?

Some critics highlight F1’s “crazy rules” including the parc fermé rule prohibiting changes to the cars’ setup post qualifying which may alter their performance relative to one another in race trim.

Do you need to see closer racing when the season resumes? Ideas on a postcard to Ross Brawn, technical director, Formula One Group.

Photocredit: Daily Mail

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