In 2020, the world experienced not only a pandemic, but also a dramatic increase in cybersecurity threats. The rise was driven by several factors, from the advent of COVID, to an expansion of work-from-home culture, to an escalation in ransomware attacks. Email phishing campaigns were snaring their victims. Unsecured home devices were being hacked. Even large technology companies were breached.
There’s a global shortage of semiconductors, and it’s reaching a crisis point.
Technologists have long predicted that someday machines will be able to do all necessary work without human assistance. As it stands today, there’s already a lot that can be automated. Self-driving cars, machines that read X-rays, and self-serve checkouts are powerful new forms of automation.
As automation technologies play an increasingly important role in everyday life, their potential impact on the workplace has become a major focus of research and public unease. A study claims the U.S. is projected to lose more than 1.5 million jobs to automation over the next decade. The number of robots in the workforce today has also multiplied threefold over the past 20 years. This raises the question: where’s the line when it comes to automation and human skills in the workplace?