The Robolution Has Begun! Should You be Afraid of Robot Job Stealers?

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The Robolution Has Begun! Should You be Afraid of Robot Job Stealers?

The Robolution Has Begun! Should You be Afraid of Robot Job Stealers?

Imagine a robot that can conduct an orchestra, or more impressive yet, one that could disinfect a hospital room, even killing the Ebola virus in just a few minutes? If these things seem far away from the time we live in now, you may be surprised to know that these robots do already exist. There are already robots speedily cleaning hospital rooms, yes, even killing the Ebola virus, and a very cool robot named, ASIMO that did indeed conduct an orchestra in Detroit recently. These are of course not the only two magnificent new ways that robots are joining us in the workplace. There’s a large boost in robotic helpers being added to nearly every industry you can think of; a type of robolution is happening, and it’s happening now.

ASIMO robot conducting orchestra

For quite some time robots seemed to be talked a lot about, dreamed of even in how they can revolutionize parts of the world, especially the industrial world, but they never really quite caught on. Until recently that is. Over the past decade there has been a large growth in robotics across the world, but the largest growth can be seen just in the past 5 or 6 years and that growth isn’t going to stop. It is estimated that by 2018 sales of robots will be up by 500% when comparing it to sales from 2002.

Where will see robotic industrial growth grow the fastest? Many believe it’s going to be in the U.S. since in the automotive factories they’ve seen huge growth and demand in robotic sales and implementation. Although it is true that the over 80% of the U.S. automobile production is now completely automated, the U.S. is actually far behind when compared to Asia. In fact, Asia’s robot demand is growing 3 x faster than in any other part of the world.

The top five countries buying into the robolution, beginning with the largest and ending with the lowest purchasers are: China, Japan, South Korea, USA and Germany. Although the largest demand and therefore, the largest changes of adding robotic employees will be seen in Asia, it will still have a large impact on the U.S. Already the 4th largest ’employer’ of robots (as some call them), the U.S. is predicted to automate 70% of its jobs by the year 2099.

xenox robot cleaner in hospital

What about human jobs and unemployment rates, won’t these fall as robots seem to take over? Because of this large transfer of work from human to robot, this is a true concern. However, according to those in the robotic industry, with the growth of robotic sales has come a growth in jobs. How so? They state that this is due to a boost in productivity among their human counterparts, and that robots won’t necessarily replace people as much as they will work alongside them. Sources in the robotic industry say that robots do not work ‘for’ humans, instead they are created to work ‘with’ humans and as such are called, collaborative robots, or more succinctly and perhaps cutely, CoBots.  As proof they point to facts such as those in the infographic below where it shows there has been over 1.5 million jobs added in the automotive industry in the U.S. alone since adding robots. 

Like the industrial revolution, a robolution is inevitable and will certainly change the workplace, the only question now is, will it be for the better or for the worse? With 1.8 million robots already operating and working worldwide does it make you nervous about your job being turned over to a robot, or what your children or grandchildren may be doing for work in the future? Or, do you trust that you’ll actually be happily working alongside a CoBot workmate, and like the industrial revolution, all will eventually work out for the better? What say you, human?

Thank you to Trademachines for supplying the infographic below.

robolution infographic


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Harry Carver
Harry Carver is TheHTS resident science nerd and super gamer. As well as researching and learning about physics and chemistry, he enjoys playing the mad scientist in his home lab so be sure to watch for his chemistry and science videos here and on our YouTube channel. He has a dislike for social media, but you can find him on Linkedin should you want to know more.

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