This Artificially Intelligent Boss Means the Workplace Will Never Be the Same

Suddenly, your boss doesn’t seem so bad. Japanese firm Hitachi is now using artificially intelligent managers, in what may be a world’s first. These AI bosses can not only issue workflows and employee duties in real time, they can even find ways to improve employee efficiency. A week ago, Hitachi announced its new initiative via this press release: Development of Artificial Intelligence issuing work orders based on understanding of on-site kaizen activity and demand fluctuation.   By “kaizen” Hitachi is referring to the Japanese business philosophy of the continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, and so on. In this case, an AI has been put in charge of a warehouse management system—and it has apparently improved efficiency by 8%. According to the Hitachi release, it’s able to provide appropriate…


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