Manna arriving in the Workplace

The book Manna describes a workplace where robots take a larger and larger role in managing employees. In Manna's world, every task that an employee undertakes comes at the instruction of a computer, and every aspect of the employee's worklife -- down to the employee's location in the workplace and pace in moving from point A to point B -- is monitored and controlled by computer.

The article entitled Big Employer Is Watching in this week's WSJ describes the incremental steps we are taking in this direction:Examples cited in the article include:The next step is headsets (or web-based task systems for people who work at desks all day long), where a computer is telling employees what to do on a minute-by-minute basis on the job.

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