Now that robotics is becoming increasingly common for commercial usage, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will witness major changes in the world of robotics in 2017. Across industries, robotics are being seen as a solution for the future, and as pointed out in BDaily, people are actually asking ‘why aren’t we considering robotics?’
From 2016, when industry saw the launching of new pilot projects in the area of robotics, 2017 ought to be the one for commercial launches and new applications, among other trends. Also, Dr. Jing Bing Zhang, the Research Director of Worldwide Robotics and Asia Pacific manufacturing insights of IDC Asia/Pacific said, “Technological development in artificial intelligence, computer vision, navigation, MEMS sensor, and semiconductor technologies continue to drive innovation in the capability, performance, autonomy, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness of industrial and service robots.”
– From pilot projects to deployment
If 2016 was about having pilot projects, 2017 will be about deployment of robotics in the commercial sector. The roll out of projects will take place on a larger scale, scaling of new projects will extensive, and benefits of the projects will closely watched and aggressively perused. Projects like the IBM Watson will take shape, and bring in new commercial applications of AI and automation with it.
– New Chief Robotics Officers by 2019
According to IDC predictions, 30% of companies in the automation and technology space, will employ a Chief Robotics Officer, whose scope of work will include looking into the robotics functionality, and ensuring a smoother relationships with various functions in the business. These executives will be specific in their skill set, and will look into the of commercial robotics mainly. Though the transition is expected by 2019, perhaps the start will come in 2017.
– Government regulation on robotics
Since robotics is a specialized area, countries like the US will deploy regulations and legal provisions applicable to the robotics sector itself. These regulations will be framed at to keep a close eye on developments, and look into larger issues like job-loss, etc, which is a major area of concern with many saying human jobs would be lost as a result. Like Chief Robotics Officers, this too is expected by 2019, though some countries may start with their regulatory constructions in 2017.
– Demand for robotics talent
With specialized areas like Big Data analytics needing specialized personnel to fill in vacancies created due to the advent of the technology, the same will apply to robotics. Perhaps beginning 2017, there will be a race and competition for experts in the area, even a crunch by 2020, which will lead to 35% of robotics related jobs being left vacant, and the median salary for profiles rising by 60%.
– New Cloud Robotics marketplace
For those looking to make inroads in the area of commercial robotics, ought to be prepared, and in some cases, are preparing for cloud based software solutions, which will bring in new skills, cognitive capabilities, and application programs, for the industry. By 2020, IDC predicts that 60% of all robots will depend on cloud-based software solutions.The first signs of development in this specialized area, may start as early as 2017.
– Ecommerce embracing commercial robotics
IDC predicts, that by 2018, 45% of the top 200 global ecommerce players, will be using robotics in the warehousing and delivery functions. Considering that timeline is just a year away, some experiments and projects could definitely be seen in 2017 itself. Companies will also be looking at the numbers, when it comes to deploying commercial robotics in their operations.
Dr. Zhang also added, with regards to how commercial robotics is poised to change industry and general experiences, saying “Robotics will continue to accelerate innovation, thus disrupting and changing the paradigm of business operations in many industries. IDC expects to see stronger growth of robotics adoption outside the traditional manufacturing factory floor, including logistics, health, utilities and resources industries. We encourage end-user companies to embrace and assess how robotics can sharpen their company’s competitive edge by improving quality, increasing operational productivity and agility, and enhancing experiences of all stakeholders.”