Would you employ a robot manager?

Me and my team have been providing virtual admin support for well over 8 years and even now some people are a bit wary of someone being able to do their work remotely.  Either that or they crack the joke about us not being real.

Well these people are going to be totally freaked-out by an article I read last night – Could a big data-crunching machine be your boss one day?


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Meet Amelia, a “neatly dressed, emotionally intelligent, whip-smart learning cognitive agent”.  According to her creators she could end up being your boss one day.

As business owners we can probably be fairly sure that she won’t be our boss, but would you consider employing a machine/robot to manage your team?

I’m acutely aware that whilst computers and high-speed internet have enabled my industry to grow rapidly over the last 8 years, they might also be the death of it in years to come as computers can do more and more of our admin tasks for us.  But I’m still not convinced that a computer can manage a team of people.  I get that they can process a ton more data than a human brain and that they will make unemotional decisions, but surely we still need human, emotional judgement when it comes to managing humans?

Read the full article here and I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts. 

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