SOURCE: Firing Line with Bill Kutik

Firing Line with Bill Kutik

November 10, 2015 07:00 ET

Top Analyst Ray Wang Tells 'Firing Line with Bill Kutik' About Digital Disruption, New Divide Among Employees

Also How Machine Learning, AI Will Help the Overwhelmed

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Nov 10, 2015) - R "Ray" Wang, the internationally recognized digital futurist, discusses how digital disruption is creating a new divide among employees and how machine learning and artificial intelligence hold promise to relieve job stress on the 10th edition of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®."

Wang names and describes the technologies compromising "digital transformation and disruption:" social, mobile, cloud, big data and the Internet of Things, Wang tells Kutik.

"But the shift in digital business is really about business model change, thinking about how you operate differently, what your mission means and how you can deliver that differently as the pace changes and as the world is changing in terms of competitive environments," he adds.

For technology, he suggests looking at employees not by age or generation (Baby Boomer, Millennial, etc.) but by their "digital proficiency," creating and describing for the first time five categories of employees, where other commentators have not gone beyond two: digital native and digital immigrant.

"We are all overwhelmed. I mean you look at my Twitter stream. That's crazy. You look at what's going on in Facebook. People have those streams. If you work inside some organizations, all they have is streams coming at them -- emails, phone calls, text, everything in different channels," Wang tells Kutik. 

"The good news is what's on the horizon is machine learning and artificial intelligence. What that's doing is helping us bring things into a contextual light," Wang says. 

Machine learning and AI are helping "to streamline...information so that we can get the right information at the right time in the right mode, and, of course, the right security model shows up to you when you need it," he says.

Commenting on his interview with Wang, Bill Kutik, host and managing editor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®," said: "Ray Wang is one of a kind, and his insights give us a terrific window on how technology will advance and impact everyone's working life in coming years. The picture he paints of how the systems of tomorrow will help in the workplace is another example of the unique reporting and storytelling that we bring to our viewers with every episode."

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About Bill Kutik

As the HR industry's leading independent analyst, Bill Kutik is considered one of the top four influencers in the HR technology marketplace. For 25 years, he has been Technology Columnist for "Human Resource Executive®" and served as founding co-chair of the magazine's famous annual HR Technology® Conference & Expo, since it began in 1998 through 2013.

The Bill Kutik Radio Show®, a bi-weekly online talk show with industry leaders, now has 183 programs in the archive available for listening on-demand at http://bit.ly/KutikRadio. Kutik has also created and moderated 106 industry panels.

In 2012, Human Resource Executive named him one of the 10 "Most Powerful HR Technology Experts" and The Huffington Post in 2013 listed him in "Top 100 Social HR Experts on Twitter."

Previously, he reported for "The New York Times" and "The New York Daily News." He has a BA degree from Harvard University. He can be reached at Bill@Kutik.com.