This sounds like something out of science fiction, but experts believe that over half of work-related activities will be completely automated by 2055, eliminating the need for human workers in these capacities. While this might not be right around the corner, companies would do well to consider the implications of advancements in robotics and digital technology that will completely change the workplace landscape in the coming decades. Are you ready to replace your employees with robots? Maybe not, but here are some things to consider.

Repeatable Tasks

In order for robots, or automation, to take over a specific job, the task must be repetitive. For example, it is highly unlikely that robots will take over for automotive engineers, but in some areas automation already exists for automotive assembly line workers. In the future, more complex robots will continue to be developed to take over more repeatable tasks from human workers.

Artificial Intelligence

However, while automation relies mostly on repetitive motion, there are advancements being made on artificial intelligence even today. In the future, it is expected that AI will become increasingly more complex, which may give the computer an advantage over the human employee in certain tasks.

Alternate Jobs

But robotics doesn’t mean that all positions will be eliminated. It just means that there will be different positions in the future. Roles that involve programming robots of computers will be essential. Maintenance and other functions will also be necessary to ensure that the robotics are a helpful tool for production, rather than just a novelty.

The Automation Industry

Right here in Detroit, with big changes in the automotive companies, a door will be opened to walk into the automation industry. Companies with an eye toward progress and the future will find themselves in a position to be leaders when robots and AI become more popular in the years to come. While you might not be ready to replace your employees with robots today, gradually shifting expectations in that direction can be a benefit.

What do you want to know about automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics? Contact the team at Harvard Resource Solutions to learn more.