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Will Automation Era be Harmful for Labor?

In recent years, it has been observed that the automation is speeding up in each and every field. Roles and responsibilities of labor have been redefined, creating a need for workers to acquire new skills.
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Robotics and Automation are some of the most competitive fields in the world market and has received the acceptance from several industries. Global Vision Guided Robotics Software market is expected to grow with CAGR of 15.4% between 2019 and 2027. This growth is driven by developments in automotive, life sciences, transportation, food & beverages, and other industry verticals.

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Even the healthcare sector has welcomed the technology with open arms. Medical robots at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center have a system robotic navigation technology that elevates precision in spine surgeries. Philip S. Yuan, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital said, “The robotic arm aligns tools along a planned pathway, improving accuracy of screw placement and ultimately optimizing patient care.”

The way service delivery has accepted robotics is through automation. It refers to using technology to replace a series of human actions in a business or IT process. It is used for various purposes such as searching websites for pertinent information, checking for unusual patterns in transactions, administering database, administer purchase order and invoices and others.

The automobiles sector too is not behind and tasks likes welding, painting, cutting, and material handling are being performed by robots as these can be harmful for the workers. This is one of the main reasons for the adoption of automotive robotics that improves the work environment by reducing the number of industrial accidents and focusing on employee safety. According to the report by The Insight Partners, the growing adoption of ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Made in China 2025’ industrial plans are creating opportunities for the automotive robotics market in the coming years.

Autonomous driving technology makes the vehicle fully controlled and automated. These vehicles are also referred to as self-driving cars. Continental AG, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Intel Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation, Tesla, Inc., Toyota Motor Corporation, Volvo Car Corporation and Volkswagen Group are the companies that are already engaged in the autonomous driving market.

More than 70% of jobs related to accommodation and food services in the US are likely to be automated. Tasks like food handling, sorting, cutting and slicing, pick-and-placing products into containers, and packaging etc. are getting replaced by automation in the industries involving food, dairy, bakery, fruits & vegetables, meat poultry and seafood etc.

Amazon is also designing its first future delivery system named Prime Air. The system is designed for safe and rapid delivery of the packages to its customers using unmanned aerial vehicles called drones.

As labor gets replaced by automation in mainstream sectors, there will be a massive loss in the employment for the work profiles having repetitive tasks and physical work in developed countries. Overall in coming years, roles and responsibilities of employment are going to replace and people having skills such as analytical and critical thinking, creativity, originality, negotiation, emotional intelligence, complex-problem-solving etc. will receive ample of opportunities in the market.

Neha Mule

Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.

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