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)
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.