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6 March 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


A survey of more than 2,000 UK workers reveals that many are unconcerned about the impact new technology may have on their current job roles.


The research, conducted by Industrial Vision Systems (IVS), a supplier of machine vision solutions to industry, found that 39 per cent would be happy if a factory used artificial intelligence robots to make decisions on quality control and a further 10 per cent would be ‘very happy’.


However, in contrast, the research also found some stark misconceptions about the effect robots and artificial intelligence can have in aiding workplace productivity.


A quarter of employees (25 per cent) state that if they had a robot colleague assisting them at work they would feel threatened that they might take their job, and 22 per cent say they would be sad that it is potentially one person fewer to talk to in the workplace.


Another 18 per cent say they would be afraid the robot would make a mistake.


In comparison, just 11 per cent say they are confident that the job would be done well if they had a robot colleague assisting them, and 13 per cent are generally happy with the thought.


IVS provides vision systems for robots that enable companies to enhance their productivity by using robots to assist human workers with inspection processes. Earl Yardley, IVS director, said this “relieves the human worker from what you may call more commonplace work, which means they are then deployed to higher-value tasks within the workplace”.


Yardley added: “In the future, production inspection will include space for an operator and a robot to work in partnership as part of the quality control process of manufacturing.”