Robotics and automation will revolutionize workplaces in the US, starting with the expulsion of millions of workers and for those that remain, digital supervision. Workplace automation will herald a new age of manpower operations that will change how work is done forever. That is both a good thing and a bad thing.
According to Gartner’s annual list of top 10 strategic predictions, robotic systems will have an expanding role in the near future. Sooner rather than later, robots will be training your children, mowing your lawns, writing your scripts and even bossing you around at the workplace.
Gartner’s top 10 predictions were: by 2018, 20% of all business content, making up one in every five documents, will be written by a machine. Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer said, “Robowriters are already producing budget reports, sports and business reports, and this trend is sneaking in without notice. One advantage for machines: They don't have biases or emotional responses.”
Gartner also predicted that by 2018, 6 billion connected things will request support. These connected things will need servicing and data. Gartner predicts that marketing to this will be a huge business.
According to Gartner, by 2020, autonomous software controls will take part in 5% of economic transactions.
By 2018, more than 3 million workers worldwide will be supervised by a robot boss. The problem here is that robots do not have human reactions. To do so, they would have to be fitted with human mannerisms.
Up to 50 percent of all fastest growing companies will have many more smart machines than smart employees. Smart systems will be analyzing how companies are being run or deciding on whether people are completing tasks.
Digital assistants will have face and voice recognition. Passwords will be unhackable and good ones will be hard to recognize.
By 2018, 2 million employees will be wearing health and fitness tracking devices as a mandatory condition for employment. According to Plummer, “Many people are already wearing monitoring devices of some type. We're all being monitored by something. But the use of such devices also raises significant issues about whether an employee keeps a job based on fitness level. "
Though automation will benefit businesses in terms of shorter turnover times and increased efficiency, they will cut jobs for millions. That one reason will be the biggest cause of robot resistance technology manufacturers will face.