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The Future Workplace Will Not All Be About Technology

We still read paper books, despite the emergence of tablets and e-book readers like the Kindle. We still visit physical stores, even though online shopping was supposed to take over retail years ago. More vinyl records sales hit a 25 year high in 2016, 500% more than 2013 figures. “New technologies, it turns out, do not always replace the old. They can sometimes co-exist, as the limitations of the old technology are rediscovered as its virtues,” points out author Andrew Coyne giving the example of the typewriter. “You can’t correct or amend what you’ve written, or not as easily as you can on a computer. Good: that means you are more apt to compose the sentence in your head before committing it to paper. Clearer, less cluttered writing is the likely result.” It seems that technological advancement does not work in a straightforward way, or that we as humans often prioritise feel and experience over […]

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