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MAR 2018

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A workday experience in 2040 by Sigrid G. Zialcita, Lai Wyai Kay and Tica Hessing s etting the scene It is the year 2040. Poetry and vinyl are hot again. Age-old mindsets have been dismantled and the gig and sharing economies are in full swing. Governments have revamped regulations for the digital economy. Devices equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) software providing live feedback, insights and recommendations are in the workplace, changing organizations from within. Enhanced connectivity has made workers more mobile and economies have become more flexible and dynamic. Work increasingly takes place in the third place – social surroundings with community life, cafés and co-working spaces. So how will we want to work in this future? How will we navigate spaces? And what does this mean for corporate real estate (CRE) today? To build for the future, we must first imagine it. s mart homes 'Wake-up Lisa, it's 7a.m.'. Thirty minutes later: 'Lisa you have to get up now; you have exactly one hour to get ready. Due to the rainy weather forecast, I have ordered a car for you 30 minutes early. It will arrive at 8.30 a.m.'. Lisa turns around and looks outside. Big rain drops are splashing against the window. She activates the glass and looks at her schedule for the day. She has her first meeting at 10 a.m. 'You need to get dressed in 10 minutes to pick up the fruit and the breakfast box I have ordered for you today.' It's SAL again. Lisa can't live without her. No, SAL is not her partner, SAL is Lisa's smart home. Devices in smart homes, cars, buildings and cities now interact with each other to make life easier and quicker, to make people's time even more flexible. t he daily commute During Lisa's ride to the city, she eats her breakfast and catches up on some work. The driverless car is equipped with AI to augment Lisa's experience. Autonomous vehicles have had a transformational impact on business and society – humans are banned from driving in cities and there is no need for parking spaces at offices and in city centers. The car drops Lisa off in front of her office and continues to the next commute request. Lisa enjoys the view of the vertical gardens in the office buildings. There are still some ugly outdated tall buildings, made of glass and twisted steel from a bygone era. Nowadays, such materials are not allowed and buildings are made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials. A notification appears on Lisa's smart watch: SAL has booked an Elevates trip for her 4 p.m. meeting – the flying taxi will drop her off at the rooftop of her client's building. On-demand aviation has reduced what would normally be a two-hour, stop-and-go commute to 15 minutes. t he smart workplace When Lisa enters the building, a friendly robot concierge informs her that her meeting will take place at level five, in Tower Two, and that her manager has already arrived. Meanwhile, sensors in the ceiling above Lisa are undertaking an overall security and health test to make sure she doesn't carry any dangerous goods, illegal drugs or viruses with her. Lisa passes the health and security check and steps into the elevator. It takes her up to level five and then slides to the right to continue the journey horizontally to Tower Two. There are no cables in the office; wireless charging and working via the cloud are standard practice. Walls are flexible, and the work environment can be reshaped every night based on the workplace needs of the coming day. Open-plan offices with individual desks are obsolete, as people come to work to collaborate with their project teams. Individual tasks take place in special-focus booths, either at home or in communal spaces when preferred. 12 MARCH 2018 t H e le A de R F E A T U R E A R T I C L E

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