Fred Johnsen, robotics, AI and automation expert at PA Consulting Group, has written a byline-article discussing how robotics in the industrial sector should be viewed not as a threat, but as an opportunity.
Denmark already takes the lead in implementing robotics in the industrial sector in Europe (not counting the car industry), but many still view the technological advance as a threat. While we should always question the value new technology creates for us, robots aren't coming to take over our jobs. Rather than take jobs from us, technology will aid us by performing routine tasks, leaving us more time to attend to other, more valuable tasks. Automation can potentially help us improve productivity, foster creativity and create new jobs, just as it did during the last industrial revolution, argues Fred.
But in order for that to happen, humans and technology – or robots, if you will – must learn to work together. One key element is to understand how employees within the industrial sector can put their skills to use by taking on new roles and seizing new opportunities, when many of the routine tasks and processes they perform today disappear.
The recent 3-year agreement between The Central Organisation of Industrial Employees in Denmark and The Confederation of Danish Industry is a step in the right direction, with 200 billion Danish kroner earmarked to educate employees in the use of robot technology.
Fred Johnsen is a robotics, AI and automation expert at PA Consulting Group