Automatica organisers interview 7,000 workers worldwide about robots and artificial intelligence for its Trend Index 2018
With around 1.8 million industrial robots, the number of robots has reached a new record in factories around the world.
Workers around the world rate the fact that “colleague robots” can take over work that is detrimental to health or handle hazardous materials positively (64 per cent on average).
However, employees are worried about how their own training can keep up with the pace of the working world 4.0.
These are the findings of the Automatica Trend Index 2018. Automatica is probably the world’s leading robotics and automation exhibition, taking place from 19th to 22nd June this year, and is organised by a company called Messe München.
7,000 employees in the USA, Asia and Europe in a representative survey of the population were interviewed by a market research institute on behalf of Automatica, the world’s leading trade fair for robotics and automation.
When it comes to their own country, only about one in four employees are convinced that training and development already plays a key role in the workplace of the future.
This new collaboration with robots is regarded by the majority of all seven countries (average 68 per cent) as an opportunity to master higher-skilled work.
Particularly in China (86 per cent) and in the USA (74 per cent), people expect that robotics automation will provide added impetus to further their vocational training.
The number of higher-skilled and better-paid jobs will rise in the future with the new human-robot teams – according to about one in two survey respondents in Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Japan.
In China and the United States, as many as 80 per cent of workers presume this will be the case.
The maturity level in training and development
Based on school grades, the maturity level in training and development for the digital workplace of the future has so far fallen far short of employee expectations:
with a grade of good or very good, the current offering of one’s own employer is not even rated by one in four respondents (on average 23 per cent).
Robotics and automation are very popular
The companies can count on a positive basic attitude among their employees regarding robotics and automation.
In the working world of the future, human-robot teams will improve manufacturing by combining human talents with the strengths of robotics – some 70 per cent believe.
When people and machines work hand-in-hand without a safety fence, people need talents such as judgement and fine motor skills.
The robot can score with power and precision.
A couple of the report’s findings include:
- 64 per cent of all workers from the seven countries want to use artificial intelligence for human-machine collaboration.
- 73 per cent assume that AI makes it easier for people to assign the machine new tasks – for example, via voice command or touchpad.
Falk Senger, managing director of technology fairs at Messe München, says: “As the survey shows, employees want more consistent commitments from politicians, industry and science as regards training and development for work 4.0.
“At the same time, the technological development of intelligent automation and robotics is advancing at a tremendous pace. All aspects of this development will be showcased at the Automatica 2018 in Munich from 19 to 22 June.”
For the 2018 Automatica Trend Index, a total of 7,000 employees were interviewed, including 1,000 from each of the following countries:
- Great Britain
The interviews were conducted by a market research institute and the respondents were questioned about robots and digitisation and changing the working world.
The VDMA Robotics + Automation will hold a demonstration called “The Role of Man in the Smart Factory” to show how people will play a central role in the digital factory. The presentation will take place in hall B4, booth 338.