Collaborative robots: the affordable automation solution for Indian MSMEs

Collaborative robots: the affordable automation solution for Indian MSMEs

Image credit: blueprint.cbre.com An IFR report states that a new record high of 381,000 collaborative robot (cobot) units were shipped globally in 2017, which is a 114 percent growth in the period 2013–2017. In sync with this global trend of the rapidly rising use of robotic process automation (RPA), even the small and medium scale enterprises (MSME) sector in India is witnessing a steadily increasing penetration of robotics.

The layperson thinks of a robot as a mechanical humanoid creature which may or may not be intelligent, but from the perspective of process automation, robotics comprise mechanical non-intelligent arms and bots […]

India’s higher education system needs drastic changes to address tech-induced challenges

Nov 13 (IANS): As the world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), advanced robotics, Internet of Things IoT), Cloud computing and 3D printing, major changes are expected in the labour market globally.

There will be reduced demand for middle-skilled workers doing repetitive tasks and increased demand for more highly-skilled workers — and also low-skilled workers doing non-routine work. While many developed countries, such as the US and Japan, as also several European economies, are already experiencing this polarisation, the labour […]

Michael Osborne: “Perhaps driving a car will be illegal by 2050.”

Michael Osborne: “Perhaps driving a car will be illegal by 2050.”

Michael Osborne, Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning at the University of Oxford. Where is automated driving headed? In the third part of our interview video series, machine learning expert Michael Osborne explains why we need to prevent driverless cars from becoming black boxes.

Let’s look at the big picture! At a recent developer conference of technology company Continental in Copenhagen, 2025AD had the chance to talk to several renowned experts from various fields. We asked them what impact automated driving will have on our society, how public trust in driverless cars can be created and whether humans will still […]

China battles US for AI and robotic space: Who’s ahead?

China battles US for AI and robotic space: Who’s ahead?

Robot dominates: Ford F150 trucks go through robots on the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Robots are also entering areas such as logistics warehousing, chemicals and plastics factories and F&B industries. — AFP NO doubt, the FAANGs – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – are making the world a better place.

Still, they are being accused of being BAADD – big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy.

Regulators fine them, politicians take them to task, and even their backers warn of their power to cause harm. Much of the techlash is undeserved. There’s fake […]

How to bridge India’s tech-induced skill gap

How to bridge India's tech-induced skill gap

Oct 2 (IANS): The world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs — Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, advanced robotics, Internet of Things, cloud computing and 3D printing — and the revolution is expected to result in major changes in the labour market globally by reducing the demand for middle-skilled workers doing repetitive tasks, and increasing the demand for more highly-skilled workers and also low-skilled workers doing non-routine work.

While many developed countries, such as the US, Japan and several European economies, are already experiencing this labour market polarisation, the […]

How to bridge India’s tech-induced skill gap (Column: Active Voice)

How to bridge India's tech-induced skill gap (Column: Active Voice)

The world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs — Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, advanced robotics, Internet of Things, cloud computing and 3D printing — and the revolution is expected to result in major changes in the labour market globally by reducing the demand for middle-skilled workers doing repetitive tasks, and increasing the demand for more highly-skilled workers and also low-skilled workers doing non-routine work.

While many developed countries, such as the US, Japan and several European economies, are already experiencing this labour market polarisation, the market is also […]

Automation And The Future Of Work

Automation And The Future Of Work

AUTOMATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK

Understanding the impact of automation on workers throughout the world.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. AUTOMATION ACROSS THE WORLD – Summary, Advances In Technologies, Worker Displacement, Probabilities of Automation, Research Studies Suggest High Probabilities Of Automation, It’s Different This Time 2. SUSCEPTIBILITY TO AUTOMATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIES – Developing Economies, Advanced Economies 3. GENERAL CONSEQUENCES – Political, Economic 4. SOME SOLUTIONS – Prepare For Automation With “Difficult To Automate” Skills, Convince Employers And Educational Institutions To Address The Skills Gap, Pursue High Skill Occupations, Education – Real World Project Challenges […]

The Future of Work: Youth sceptical of A.I., ‘work as a service’ rising | SPECIAL REPORT

The Future of Work: Youth sceptical of A.I., ‘work as a service’ rising | SPECIAL REPORT

Chris Middleton looks at another new report on the future of work, and finds troubling gaps between the promise of AI and automation, and the real world the technologies are delivering.

In-depth analysis and comment Internet of Business says

With automation and AI sweeping into the workplace, a new report on the future of work finds that the younger workers are, the more sceptical they are of the benefits of the technology.In all, 50 percent of workers are not convinced about the benefits of AI, claims collaboration tech provider, Fuze. However, only 36 percent of employees over the […]

Robots May Replace A Lot More Human Jobs By 2022

Robots May Replace A Lot More Human Jobs By 2022

The Why Axis Human Machine Working Hours The rise of AI and automation has implications on productivity, wages, employment, and more as robots start performing more and more jobs once done by humans.

According to a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), " The Future of Jobs 2018 ," 52 percent of current job tasks will be performed by robots by 2025. The study found that automation could eliminate 75 million jobs by 2022 in sectors such as accounting, assembly plants, customer management centers, and postal services.

But the report also estimates that this "robot revolution" will create a […]

Exclusive Q&A: Which Retail Jobs Are Safe From A Robot Takeover? Featured

Exclusive Q&A: Which Retail Jobs Are Safe From A Robot Takeover? Featured

Retail, hospitality and other service-oriented industries have been seen as relatively immune to the job-killing effects of robotics, automation and AI. But as these technologies grow more sophisticated, retail’s resistance is weakening. Futurist Martin Ford, author of Rise Of The Robots: Technology And The Threat Of A Jobless Future , notes that robots are already reducing (or eliminating) the number of humans needed to do many jobs, including:

• Warehouse work;
• Checking in-store inventory;
• Providing customer service; and • Staffing points of sale.In an exclusive interview with Retail TouchPoints , Ford identifies the advances in robotics and AI […]