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There is certainly an argument to be made that the open office has deficiencies, in spite of the overwhelming success of Johnson Wax, where people apply for jobs just for the opportunity to work in that wonderful space, and probably as well, Saarinen's office for John Deere. Noise is certainly part of the problem, but adding positive noise to the natural noise of the office isn't the solution; that merely compounds the problem.
It's largely moot, however, since so much of the work done in those open offices will be taken over by bots in the near future. It is, after all, only the drones who are subjected to open offices; the executives have always remained in their private corner offices with views and hidden bars. The Fascist pigs!