The future of work: robotics
The use of machines in the workplace is nothing new. But, whereas robots were initially built to carry out simple tasks, nowadays artificial intelligence means they can also ‘think’. This article describes the present use of robots and intelligent machines, makes future projections of the extent of use of robotics and discusses the occupational safety and health implications of this field. History has shown that new technologies present new benefits, costs, possibilities and threats, and European co-operation can help manage these changes.