A Glimpse into the Future of Robotics

The field of robotics changes so rapidly that it can be difficult to pin down what to expect next. International Data Corp (IDC) recently announced its predictions for the global robotics industry in 2017 and the years that follow.

They predict that “robot as a service” will account for 30 percent of all commercial service robotic applications by the year 2019, and the same percentage of top organizations will have a designated chief robotics officer role.

Talent Shortage

They also foresee a talent shortage in robotics that will result in 35 percent of robotics jobs sitting vacant in 2020. At the same time, the average salary for workers in this field is expected to grow by 60 percent or more.

They project that 45 percent of the world’s top commercial companies will use robot systems for delivery operations and order fulfillment warehousing by 2018. Robots will increasingly depend on cloud software, with a robotics cloud marketplace eventually emerging.

Better Efficiency

Robotic deployments are expected to become more collaborative, and just under a third of new deployments will be smart collaborative varieties that can function three times faster than the robots found today while still being safe for people to work around. Their operational efficiency is expected to improve by 200 percent by 2020 thanks to increased connectivity to a mesh of shared intelligence.

Robot use is also projected to grow outside of factories, with 35 percent of leading companies in health, logistics, and utilities using robots to automate their operations. With the rise in robotics will come government regulations that not only deal with safety, security and privacy but also some that are aimed at preserving jobs.

The IDC’s Asia/Pacific Research Director of Worldwide Robotics, Jing Bing Zhang, says that technological development will continue to drive innovation in service and industrial robots in the years to come, and he encourages firms to embrace the technology and find out how it can help them improve their productivity.

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