FAST FORWARD: How virtual reality, artificial intelligence and smart data are transforming the future of work

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All companies are tech companies. Even if you’re not a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley, technology increasingly influences every aspect of your work day, from cloud-based storage to the artificial intelligence curated playlist you listen to as you wrap up your expense report. At Young Office, we are keenly aware of the ever-changing day-to-day needs and the tech-integrated solutions necessary to facilitate the modern workplace.

Partnering with the leading global furniture manufacturer, Steelcase, we’ve developed the practice of technology integration as part of our culture of design thinking: deeply understanding the lives of people at work as we strive to improve the office experience.

Profound differences exist in the world of current and future office spaces. Virtual reality headsets are already being used to create immersive holographic experiences. Companies can walk through their office design before the first swing of a hammer. Soon people will use augmented reality glasses to layer virtual information over the physical environment to test design in real time.

Perhaps the most noticeable change will be blurring lines between technology and space. Embedded with smart sensors and speech recognition software, your workplace will take care of the administrative day-today: transcribing meeting notes, scheduling conference calls, responding to routine emails, and generally serving as a dutiful member of your team. Rooms and furnishings will feel more intuitive and comfortable, designed to accommodate diverse networks of writers, programmers, designers, and scientists who come together to solve difficult problems.

Open, naturally lit spaces will host varied work styles, privacy expectations, and personality types of the teams that occupy them. Your office will feel more like a person, a colleague, or coach, who guides you toward your best self.

The fringe of the future is already visible today. We are boosting employee engagement and wellbeing by designing future flexible workstations, collaborative lounges, treadmill stations and adjustable-height desks. In the world of big data, we are installing room sensors to measure space usage that provide feedback loops to optimize real estate decisions. Human centered design brings live walls and elements of nature indoors across healthcare, education and corporate industries. These examples represent just a few ways today’s companies are adapting spaces to align with human needs and the constantly changing workplace demands. Machine learning has been around since IBM’s Deep Blue chess champion, but we are ultimately moving toward space learning. A.I. will teach us to anticipate and predict desired future states, go beyond sensing and responsiveness to assist with our project tasks and improve our workplace performance, productivity and wellbeing.

Tomorrow, organizations will be able to manage information, space utilization and building efficiency as never before, all while giving workers greater control over their environments.

We invite you to visit us and explore what lies ahead.

Sincerely,

Thomas Young IV, President | customercare@youngoffice.com | 1280 Ridge Road, Greenville | 888-202-0508 | www.youngoffice.com | Thomas Young IV, President

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