Cubicle Farm Death

Day 103 Week 15 Q2 Friday, April 12, 2024

Three behaviors are on their way out, and I’m glad for it.

Goodbye to writing, typing, and cubicles. AI’s are dismantling cubicles, and good riddance. They were a terrible idea anyway, and I think most people would agree with me if they admitted it. For instance, AI-powered virtual assistants can now handle administrative tasks that were traditionally done through writing and typing, freeing up professionals to focus on more strategic work. This is just one example of how AI is revolutionizing the workplace.

Now, speech recognition is finally reliable enough for accurate transcription. More and more people are opting to speak what they have to say. The idea of an open floor full of cubicles, with people talking to their computers, is a non-starter, in my opinion. So, it’s time to do away with those open-floor cubicle farms, which were unprofessional. After having had an office with a door for over 50 years, being relegated to an open-floor cubicle farm made me feel like a slave in a galley. It is not suitable for someone with 10 years of college and expertise. I know it was seen as democratic, but it was a foolish idea because even good typists can’t type as quickly as they can speak. Keyboards were designed to slow people down, and we’re still using them. So, I’m liberating myself from the keyboard, which means I won’t be writing in cafes anymore.

This shift in the workplace implies that specific tasks require a quiet and private workspace, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s a logical arrangement for most types of work. However, what about interviews? Conversations that can be recorded and transcribed could be the solution. This, to me, is a revolution for professional workers. None of them should be tied to keyboards that were designed to slow them down.

In addition to being able to speak to your computer, it should be able to accurately transcribe what you say. This eliminates another level of annoyance in an open floor environment. So, I declare cubicles to be dead. The benefits of this transition are numerous. It not only enhances productivity by allowing professionals to communicate their thoughts more quickly and efficiently, but it also promotes a more collaborative and interactive work environment, as conversations can be easily transcribed and shared among team members.

The chorus of two voices per person in a room—one for dictating and the other for reading back—makes cubicles even more old-fashioned, along with keyboards, since typewriters were retired when computers took over. Another technology that played a part in this movement was the transcription of recordings, which should eliminate the need for reporters to take notes. I haven’t tried this yet.

In conclusion, three different kinds of artificial intelligence are not just phasing out the cubicle farm but also, for me, the outdated practices of writing and typing. The future of the workplace lies in AI-powered virtual assistants and reliable speech recognition technology, which promise to enhance productivity and foster a more collaborative work environment.