Priority areas

Automation of tasks

A new generation of ( ) robotic systems has entered the labour market, helping workers by taking over the mundane and repetitive tasks. They can also be used to perform jobs that are high-risk and complex. By carrying out the tasks that humans cannot, should not or do not want to do, robotics can keep workers out of harm’s way. It also frees up time for workers to learn new skills and do more creative work.

However, using digital technologies for the of tasks also comes with a number of risks and challenges. The list includes the loss of human situation awareness, overreliance on the automated systems or possible loss of specific skills of workers. Workers may sense a loss of autonomy, fear job loss and lack in the system. Another challenge is the need for that involves training workers to use the new robotic technology, while avoiding the loss of important competences.

Considering these factors, a human-in-command approach should be taken when introducing AI-based robotic systems for the automation of tasks. In this way, workers are empowered to use automation to their advantage while remaining in control of the work process.

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