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"Futures of Robotics. Human Work in Digital Transformation"

by Kaivo-Oja, Jari; Roth, Steffen; Westerlund, Leo (2017)


In this article we discuss the futures of work and robotics. We evaluate key future trends in the field of robotics and analyse different scenarios regarding the futures of human beings and work life. Subsequently, we present a roadmap of robotics, which covers key aspects of industrial and service robotics, discuss technology foresight insights and inter-linkages to robotics, and identify three critical technology roadmaps: the technological future of robotics, digitalisation and ICT technologies. Finally, we analyse economic, social, and political key challenges of the digital transformation of work and labour policy in the European Union in general and against the backdrop of the European robotics strategy in particular.


Automation, Robotics, Digitalisation, Information Technology, European Context, Artificial Intelligence, Labour Policies, Information Society


Digital Labour, Capitalism, Robots, Digital Labour, Automation

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