Future automation – a literature review

FFI-Report 2020

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Maria Fleischer Fauske

Today, technology is evolving fast. Some call it "the fourth industrial revolution". Development within digitization, artificial intelligence, robotics, and similar technologies leads to automation of human tasks. This will also affect the Norwegian Armed Forces.

In this report, we investigate what the literature says about automation and its effect on future working life and employment. Our main findings are as follows:

  • Work tasks will change or disappear, and new ones will arise, faster and more unpredictably than today. The total number of jobs will probably not decrease, but people will have to adapt, and update their skills during their careers.
  • Creativity, flexibility, independence, care, and other «typical human» skills will be important.
  • There will be a «fight for talents» due to a future lack of highly educated people. Organizations must be aware of their need for certain people and skills, through foresight and thorough planning. •
  • There will be more openness and collaboration between different organizations, institutions, and even individuals.
  • Organizations will have to be flexible and able to adapt rapidly to the coming changes.

We need more knowledge about the consequences of this development for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The literature is clear about the need for organizations to start thinking about how they will adapt to a digital and automated future. This is equally important for the Armed Forces, which is a unique organization with a particularly important task.

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20/03037

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978-82-464-3311-0

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1.7 MB

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