The business of the future, namely the natural selection of robotics

Today we’ll speak about robots and their use. We have already dealt with this issue. Yet, we would like to discuss it again to underline that, in a not too distant future, the presence of robotics support in everyone’s business will be inescapable. A recently-published report by IDC turns this largely repeated statement into something concrete, presenting actual data, percentages and numbers. Let’s go to the heart of the matter:

By 2018 – in only ONE year’s time – 30% of new robotic deployments will be smart collaborative robots that will operate 3 times faster than today’s robots and will be much safer for work around humans. 45% of the 200 leading global ecommerce and omni-channel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfilment warehousing and delivery operations.

By 2019 – in only TWO years’ time – 35% of leading organisations in logistics, health, research and utilities will use robots to automate operations. 30% will implement a Chief Robotics Officer role within the business. At the same time, Governments will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address ‘human’ concerns of security and privacy.

By 2020 – in only THREE years’ time – companies will have a greater choice of vendors in the ICT market to implement robotics deployment. Robotics growth will accelerate the talent race: 35% of robotics-related jobs will be left vacant while the average salary of those qualified in the field will increase by 60%. As for machines, 60% of robots will depend on cloud-based software to define new skills, cognitive capabilities and application programmes, leading to the formation of a robotics cloud marketplace. 40% of commercial robots will become connected to a mesh of shared intelligence, resulting in 200% improvement in overall operational efficiency.

“Technological development in artificial intelligence, computer vision, navigation, MEMS sensor technologies continue to drive innovation in the capability, performance, autonomy, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness of industrial robots” says Jing Bing Zhang, Research Director, Worldwide Robotics and Asia Pacific Manufacturing Insights, IDC Asia/Pacific.

The revolution is under way.  The paradigms of future business have changed and will continue to change at the speed of light. To remain anchored to old models means, today, to be condemned inevitably to the past.