Technology Augmentation – Working Smarter

No surprise that technology, especially information technology, is growing by leaps and bounds. One needs not be a technologist to get ahead of the curve. Instead, technology “augmentation” is the way to work smarter.

Technology augmentation, according to Tom Davenport and Julia Kirby, authors of Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines, is working with machines in bidirectional fashion making “humans more capable of what they are good at” and “machines even better at what they do.” 

In other word, not humans over machines, nor machines replace humans, but a complemetary approach between humans and machines is the key to working smarter.  Instead of control or fear of being controlled, it’s a win-win relationship.

An example of this technology augmentation is the smartphone.  Growth of mobile technology is heading off the chart, and so are the number of its users.  The smartphone makes information search not only easy at ones’ finger tips but also with lightning speed.  No more is the need for pocket dictionary, map, or phone book.

Can you think of other technology augmentation?

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