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Robotics: Opportunities and Socioeconomic Impact

The socio-economic impact of robotics is a topic of considerable debate, but has generally veered between extremely negative and positive outcomes. In its latest report, ABI Research analyses the potential impact of robots on in employment, using the United States as a case study.

Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ABI Research has assessed the likely impact of employment on all three sectors (agriculture, industry, services) based on the deployment of 10 subtypes of robots, as outlined;

  • Indoor Mobile Vehicles
  • Outdoor Mobile Vehicles
  • Collaborative Robots
  • Industrial Robots
  • Mobile Telepresence Robots (MTR)
  • Health Robots
  • Personal Robots
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • Unmanned Underwater Systems (UUS)
  • Exoskeletons

Beyond this analysis, the report will assess the trends underpinning the deployment of robotics, and will cover non-employment related social impact like human-robot interaction, sharing public spaces and regulatory oversight.

The report also outlines the relative importance and success in robot deployment across major industrial nations, with particular emphasis placed on the four main manufacturing economies; China, The United States, Japan, and Germany.

This report finds little evidence that robotic deployment will have any significant impact on jobs, positive or negative, that won’t be mitigated by external forces like inflation, GDP Growth, Investment, Tariffs or shocks to the global economy. However, robotic deployment is more essential than ever due to increased competition and by the development of industrial policies in advanced economies; notably in China.

 

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Socioeconomic Impact
    • 1.2. Reccomendations for Robotics Vendors and Technology Suppliers
    • 1.3. Recommendations for End Users
    • 1.4. Advice for Public Entities
  • 2. REPORT PREMISE
    • 2.1. Reason for Report
  • 3. THE ARGUMENT OVER ROBOTICS
    • 3.1. Fears of a Jobless Future
    • 3.2. Counter Arguments
    • 3.3. Seperating Robots from Automation
    • 3.4. Things to Consider
  • 4. ROBOTICS IN AMERICA: CASE STUDY
    • 4.1. Background and Setup
    • 4.2. What American Businesses Think
    • 4.3. The U.S. Concerns about Impact of Robotics
    • 4.4. Counter Arguments
    • 4.5. The United States needs Robots to Improve Manufacturing
    • 4.6. Evaluation
  • 5. GLOBAL STATE OF ROBOTICS
  • 6. DRIVERS OF ROBOTIC ADOPTION
    • 6.1. Hardware Innovation
    • 6.2. Software Innovation
    • 6.3. Business Innovation
    • 6.4. External Influences
  • 7. CATEGORIES OF ROBOT
    • 7.1. Indoor Mobile Platforms
    • 7.2. Outdoor Mobile Platforms
    • 7.3. Collaborative Robots
    • 7.4. Mobile Telepresence Robots
    • 7.5. Industrial Robots
    • 7.6. Health Robots
    • 7.7. Personal Robots
    • 7.8. UAS
    • 7.9. UUS
    • 7.10. Exoskeletons
    • 7.11. Breakdown and Analysis of Robotic Categories
  • 8. U.S. JOBS ANALYSIS
    • 8.1. Premise
    • 8.2. Methodology
    • 8.3. Caveats
    • 8.4. By Robotic Type
    • 8.5. By Sector
    • 8.6. By Subsector
    • 8.7. Augmentation and Automation: Three Scenarios
  • 9. ROBOTS AS A KEY TO REDISCOVERING REAL GROWTH
    • 9.1. Increased Safety
    • 9.2. Health and Aging
    • 9.3. Transition into Smart Manufacturing
    • 9.4. Lights-Out Factories
    • 9.5. Logistics, Indoors and Out
    • 9.6. Mobility, Navigation, and Manipulation
    • 9.7. Reaching the Unreachable
    • 9.8. Business Flexibility and Resilience
    • 9.9. Robotics as a Service
  • 10. ROBOTS AND NATIONAL POLICY
    • 10.1. The Big Four
    • 10.2. Advanced Economies Stand to Gain
    • 10.3. South Korea A Success Story
    • 10.4. Robot Taxes
    • 10.5. Emerging Markets Need to Adapt
  • 11. THE SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACT BEYOND JOBS
    • 11.1. People Feel Uncomfortable
    • 11.2. In the Home
    • 11.3. Sharing Public Spaces
  • 12. RECOMMENDATIONS
    • 12.1. Recommendations for Robotics Vendors and Technology Suppliers
    • 12.2. Recommendations for End Users
    • 12.3. Advice for Public Entities