Art and technology have always belonged together. Just think about the relationship of aesthetics and engineering in a masterpiece like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge or the relationship between beauty and usability in gadgets like the iPhone. We humans have intertwined form, function, and technology so seamlessly into this world around us—we seem to naturally infuse beauty and art into our world as we make our personal and work lives more efficient and productive.
Art and technology together celebrate and nurture what makes us human. Both involve imagination, empathy, and creativity, important skills that set humans apart from other life forms. While a recent McKinsey study1 shows that just four percent of work activities in the US economy currently require creativity at a “median human level performance,” let’s remember that 100 percent of humankind is endowed with creativity. As we face increasingly complex problems as innovators, our creative skills are becoming exponentially more important to our success.
The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2018 practically shouts this out when it identifies the top three growing skill needs for 2022:
- Analytical thinking and innovation
- Active learning and learning strategies
- Creativity, originality, and initiative
This report shows the future of work will challenge all of us to use our creativity to become more innovative thinkers, and it implies that environments that best feed, refresh, and maintain creativity are essential for companies to survive in the long term.
At Automation Anywhere, we believe in the creative not the mundane, in the thought-provoking not the repetitive, and in bringing the art of what is possible to every industry in every country. This is how we intend to remain at the center of the future of work.
How does this manifest itself? We make creativity a way of life at work. Whether it be our RPA platform, our actionable analytics or our cognitive AI and ML powered bots, our product UI, our customer success programs, offices, tradeshow booths or our Imagine customer experience, we focus on the relationship between aesthetics, usability, and power of performance.
Our work environments aspire to combine technology and art in the way the world’s most amazing bridges do—and these artful spaces are helping us push the boundaries of innovation to become even more creative as we work. The people who enter these spaces to collaborate or ideate help drive our vision forward, whether they are customers visiting our trade show booths or employees brainstorming in our uniquely designed and purposefully laid out offices.
The images and video in this blog are but a glimpse into the Automation Anywhere way of working: we use physical spaces that nurture human emotions, creativity, and passion of our employees—spaces that make a wider range of thought processes and interactions between people a reality and influence our building the future of work.
In the space where art and technology intersect is us.