Giggin with Robots?

After watching the demo from Google with their AI assistant Google Duplex, I was first fascinated and then a bit scared. The technology is moving in supersonic speed.

What actually made me scared was the fact that the assistant can think on its own, and sounds like a real human. For how long are we needed? Meanwhile Google is developing this, Boston Dynamics are developing “Humaniods”. Google Duplex + Boston Dynamics = Skynet?!

Will smart robots soon take our jobs? Yes is my guess. But new one will be created on the way. So I’m not that worried, as long as you have an open mind and are ready for change. Historically, with every new technology breakthrough new opportunities and jobs has been created. So why wouldn’t this be created this time as well? Jobs and gigs will be needed to support the opportunities of the future. Maybe we can’t predict what will be needed, but I’m pretty sure that you will adapt and solve the problems of tomorrow.

Co-working with Robots will therefore be one of the success factors in the future to succeed. Maybe we should start to treat them as tireless coworkers? If you’re a developer, could you imagine doing pairing up with a smart bot for code reviews etc? Or as a sales rep, let the bot book your meetings and you executing them? If they are more accurate in the hit-rate why wouldn’t we start to love ’em?

There are so many more cases out there with opportunities on how we can cooperate with a bot. Maybe have you already started to doing that? If so, how/what are you doing? Can you think of a cool future gig already? Share your story.

P.S. If you missed the demo of Google Duplex, please have a look:

The changing world of work – Podcast

Something is shifting in the world of work. In the gig economy the traditional relationship between employers and employees is fraying.

Importnt issues that are brought up:

  • Gigging = Unsecurity?
  • Layoff = New opportunities for all?
  • Is gigging equally beneficial for men and women?

Listen yourself on Financial Times Pod with Sara O’ Connor.

The gig economy is really affecting the world of work. I see opportunities, what do you see?


Having the same gig since -92

OK, so let’s start by asking, are you a Gigger because you can choose:

  • When
  • How
  • Where
  • and with Whom you are working with?

Some sort of flexibility is crucial for your own “survival” right?

This is something that fascinates me, having the same gig since -92! How do you stay motivated, up to speed etc? Maybe is it because I’m a millennial and are not that “loyal” to my employees (or maybe it is since I started the first grade in -92). But my question is of course, why would you like to have the same gig for such a long time (or the same job/tasks for that matter).

I asked why not employ her? From time to time head count was an issue, and sometimes she didn’t wanted to. For me this goes against the whole philosophy about being contracted as a consultant/freelancer. Isn’t the whole point of going from gig to gig? As I wrote earlier, I’m fascinated 🙂

Most of the Giggers are looking for long term gigs. Long term in this sense is “only” 12 month. Then they need to move away to be able to learn even more, and get new knowledge and Gigs. Some doesn’t want contracts for more than 6 month at a time. All of those gigs falls under the category Professional services, and are of course MUCH longer than the typical Uber gig.

What has happened in with the technology since 92? Have a look here. 

What do you prefer, long- or short term gigs? What’s your longest gig? Share your story.


The Gig Economy: Threats and Opportunities for Workers and Employers

Professor Paul Oyer from Stanford University gives you an interesting lecture on the gig economy with it’s threats and opportunities:


  • Great examples with Uber
  • Technology is a key driver – today it’s for example much more easy to serve the whole world with your skills
  • Low friction platforms are key success factors, both to get gigs and to promote gig needs

Have you tried any gig platform? As a gigger? Or as a consumer/client?


Can everyone join the Gig economy?

Back in the days, you would get a job after school and you would keep that job until your retirement. This feels a bit ancient (almost like the period of Cretaceous) if you look how the new generations are affecting the way we work today, and its loyalty towards a company (staying only a few years). Therefore one of the most important skills for the future of work is of course Re-skilling, to be able to adapt for the demand in the market.

Also, many people are avoiding the standard 9-5 jobs for the Gig Economy, in which they can work on what they want when they want. Being your own boss is a very attractive lifestyle, but it is not for everyone (or is it?).


To succeed: “You need to have an entrepreneurial mindset. If you are used to receiving your salary at the end of every month, then this won’t work for you. However, if you have a nest egg and don’t mind a bit of uncertainty, it’s worth a shot.”                                                                                                         Rakesh Ramchandani

Inspiration from the giggers Nandita, Vinod, and Rakesh sharing their story.

What’s your story living and working within the Gig economy? Please share it.