Cognitive HR: Wide awake, alert, ready for action

Engagement, expertise, cognition can be enhanced through computer systems
By Benoit Hardy-Vallée
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

It was many years ago when former Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau spoke these prophetic words: “The many techniques of cybernetics, by transforming our control over data and information, may transform our whole society. With this knowledge we are wide awake, alert, capable of action: No longer are we blind, inert pawns of fate.”

Full of optimism, Trudeau wrote these lines years before any computer system achieved the level of sophistication required to beat a chess grandmaster (1997), a Jeopardy champion (2011) or drive a car autonomously (in the 2000s). 

In this reflection, technology empowers humans to take action — a welcome contrast to the techno-dystopia common in