Robots have moved off the assembly line and into warehouses, offices, hospitals, retail shops, and even our homes. How are robots affecting industries and impacting issues such as IT support and workplace safety?
TechRepublic Premium conducted an online survey of IT professionals to find out.
The survey asked the following questions:
According to the majority of survey respondents (65%), robots and robotic systems do not play a significant role in their industry right now. However, during the next two to three years, 66% believe this will increase significantly or slightly. About a quarter of respondents report their robotic system usage will not change, 9% are unsure, and only 1% report their robotic systems usage will decrease.
The main industries, according to respondents, that will increase their robotics usage in the next few years include: Manufacturing (75%), logistics and delivery (69%), healthcare (58%), agriculture (57%), transportation (49%), mining (47%), telecommunications (47%), and military and public safety (46%).
As far as physically working alongside robots, 57% or respondents have little to no concerns, while 32% have some safety concerns. Just 11% of respondents are extremely concerned to work side-by-side with robots.
To read all of the results from the survey, plus analysis, download the full report: More robot and robotic system deployments expected across industries.