Future Friday: What will be the “Firsts” in HR ?

by Michael Haberman on January 24, 2014 · 0 comments


Audrey Munson was the first actress to appear nude.

Audrey Munson was the first actress to appear nude.

My favorite futurist, Thomas Frey, wrote a very interesting article about a year and a half ago. It was titled 56 Future Accomplishments: Waiting for Someone to go First. It was a fascinating piece on some of the “firsts” that have occurred, such as:

  • 1st People to Fly
  • 1st Nude Actress in a Movie
  • 1st Woman to Cross the Atlantic
  • 1st Woman Cabinet
  • 1st Symbol for the Civil-Rights Movement
  • 1st Person to Expose the Mafia
  • 1st African-American Major League Baseball
  • 1st Million-Dollar Actor
  • 1st IVF Baby

Know any of these? You can find the answers at Frey’s article. Just as interestingly he also talked about what some of the future “firsts” may be. He sees many in the fields of:

  • Space exploration (first person to travel at the speed of light)
  • Physics (Discovering the true nature of gravity and controlling it)
  • Driverless vehicles (first driverless pizza delivery)
  • Healthcare (first person to live past 200)
  • 3D printers (first printed house)

His list goes on to include other firsts. Here is one sure to be popular the first self-cleaning house.

Firsts in HR

His list got me to thinking about some of the possible firsts in HR. So here is my take on possible firsts in the field of human resources:

  • The first totally automated hire
  • The first HR manager to deal with a totally robotic workforce
  • The first implanted employee identification device
  • The point at which heterogeneity become homogeneity due to mixed marriages
  • The first company that does not have a country of origin
  • The declaration of the first “world citizen” thus eliminating immigration concerns
  • The first person that reports to a “robot” boss
  • The first interview conducted by telepathy
  • The first President with a background in Human Resources (sure to be a woman)
  • The first lawsuit by an AI robot for discrimination
  • HR becomes the highest paid profession
  • The first CEO to say they admire HR (ok, I know that has already occurred, but it is certainly not widespread enough)

Well that is my dozen of possible firsts. What do you see occurring in the future of HR? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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