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An employee retires. Time to bring in a robot instead? Well, maybe not. But you should definitely employ robots to do what they are best at, and give them the tasks that you think are dull while you’re at it. Robotization is already part of industrial business. The next step is small enterprises.
A future in which robots carry out many of today’s jobs has been a hot topic for discussion recently. Alarmists have warned that our economies will essentially collapse when half of all jobs disappear in one fell swoop. But even if it is probable that robotization will influence our way of working in coming years, the changes will likely come gradually and with a certain refinement. One thing we can be certain of is that robotization will affect both small and large businesses.
It’s not likely that robotization will be initiated at your company by your colleague Martin being fired on Friday and an R2D2 robot put in his place on Monday morning. A more probable scenario is that some of the tasks that you and your colleagues do as part of your work will be done by automated systems. Administrative work like collecting and sorting large amounts of data is typically the type of work that will be automated.
“ We have seen several decades of automation within the industrial sector. These days, we find it natural to buy tickets from machines and so forth. But the really smart robots will make bigger changes in our lives, such as self-driving cars.”
Stefan Fölster, Director of Reforminstitutet