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Companies Continue March Towards Robots; Orders Up 7.2% in First Half of Year

In the first half of 2019, the North American robotics market is up 7.2%. From January to June, North American companies ordered 16,488 robots, valued at $869 million. For all of 2018, orders totaled 28,478, which was 16 percent more …

2018 Was Big Year for Robot Employment

U.S. companies installed more robots last year than ever before, as cheaper and more flexible machines put them within reach of businesses of all sizes and in more corners of the economy beyond their traditional foothold in car plants. Shipments …

Report Warns of Robots Taking Restaurant, Trucking, Clerical Jobs

Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. The report says roughly 36 million Americans hold jobs with …

Robots Haven’t Eliminated Many Jobs – So Far: World Bank

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines. While advanced economies have …

Will Robots Take Your Job? It Depends on Where You Live: OECD

Will robots take your job? The answer depends on where you live. The threat varies “strikingly” between countries and regions, with as many as 40 percent of jobs at “high risk” in Western Slovakia and just 4 percent in the …

Robots Portend Grim Future for Working Class: Viewpoint

Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and one of the pioneers of the world wide web, once declared: “The spread of computers and the internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are …

How One German Company Is Making Workplace Robots Safer for Humans

Two years ago, a robot crushed a 22-year-old man to death at a Volkswagen AG factory in Germany after the maintenance worker became trapped in an area usually off-bound to humans. While this type of tragedy is still relatively rare, …

Why Robots Replacing Humans at Work Is More Science Fiction Than Fact

Ever since robots emerged from the pages of science-fiction novels into the real world, humans have feared being usurped in the workplace. That worry may be more fictional than scientific. A recent study by the VDMA Robotics and Automation Association …

IT Workers, Doctors, Dentists Less Likely to Lose Jobs to Robots

Computer scientists, doctors and dentists are the jobs least likely to be taken by robots as automation spreads through advanced economies, according to Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane. Speaking in Parliament this month, Haldane said analysis by staff …

Cobots: Making It Safe for Humans, Robots to Work Side-by-Side

In June this year a robot crushed a man to death in a Volkswagen factory in Germany. The 22-year-old maintenance worker became trapped between a large robotic arm and a metal plate, in an area usually off-bounds to humans. The …