By Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, RIA
National and global circumstances with the economy make job concerns about as prominent as any other issue. Such laser focus on jobs can lead to questions about how technology (like robotics) will affect job opportunities. In these modern times it seems more likely than ever that, “Your new co-worker may be a robot,” as reported by MSNBC.
But will it be safe? Job safety and job security are not exactly the same issue but they are related. An unsafe or mundane job does not make for an ideal occupation – unless you are a robot. And even if your company is thinking about robots that means they may have a technological vision for improving job conditions and competing for more business. Typically, more business leads to higher job security.
RIA President Jeffrey Burnstein has addressed this issue in several media appearances, including the report from MSNBC.
Here’s an excerpt…
While robots have been around for decades, they’ve mostly been used in manufacturing jobs considered too dangerous for humans. “Big robots were often behind fences,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of the Robotic Industries Assn., a trade group in Ann Arbor, Mich., that promotes wider use of robots in industry. “Now, we’re seeing movement in making robots more intrinsically safe so they can work side-by-side with humans.”
RIA is on the verge of releasing the biggest revision in more than a decade to the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 National Robot Safety Standard. It is designed to help make it easier and even more affordable to use robots safely and interact with them more directly. (More details.)
MSNBC is right when it says, “advances — especially in safety — have their (robots) use on the rise.”
If your next co-worker is a robot RIA wants it to be safe!
What do you think the next generation will do with robots?