An accessible, engaging research study that brings together both parts of our research to explore the adoption of robotics and its impact on the workforce and productivity until 2030. Learn how automation could impact you.
How Robots Change The World
What automation really means for jobs and productivity.
Robotics revolution Threat or Opportunity?
Over the past decade, a robotics revolution has captured the world’s imagination. As their capabilities expand, so does the rate at which industries purchase and install these increasingly intelligent machines. Since 2010, the global stock of industrial robots has more than doubled—and innovations in engineering and machine learning portend an accelerated adoption of robots in service sector occupations over the next five years.
Our report sheds new light on both the current impact of robots on manufacturing jobs around the world and the potential for robots to transform the much larger (but as-yet far less automated) global services sector. To evaluate the implications of this ongoing robot revolution, we have brought together the combined expertise of our economists, econometricians, modellers, and subject-matter experts.
Our research study starts by explaining the 3 trends that are driving the robot surge. We then assess the impact of automation on manufacturing jobs on a global and regional level.
We go on to share our robot vulnerability index which shows specific regions that are at the highest risk of labour disruption but also reveals some common patterns, allowing you to understand how uneven distribution of robotics will affect different parts of your country. Next, we set out the robotics dividend; highlighting how automation can also be beneficial.
Finally, we outline how to respond to the rise of robots, including a framework for action.
What you will learn
Whether you are a policy-maker, a business leader or a worker you can seek to navigate the challenges and opportunities that robotization will bring. We provide you with some actionable advice.
Our Robot Vulnerability Index helps you identify which regions within the US, Germany, UK, France, Japan, South Korea, and Australia will be hardest hit by the automation of the manufacturing sector.
The impact of robotization on specific regions
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