Working with Robots: Fact or fiction?

Working with Robots: Fact or fiction?

Robots at work might sound like science fiction but in fact, they are real.

Robots employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are already gaining momentum. Notsurprisingly, they make work easier and more fun. Are you curious about how robots can improve your day-to-day work? 

Robots in the workplace
Have you ever heard of Anders Örnhed? He is the first human to be hired by a robot recruiter: Tengai, in Upplands-Bro, Sweden. Unbiased by ethnicity, age, or gender, robot recruiteres focus solely on competencies and skills to select the right candidate for the job. AI and ML technologies can improve recruitment processes in multiple ways. Prior to an interview, AI and ML can quickly analyze suitable job applicants, and AI can for example mask CV’s so that non-robots can fairly screen those seeking employment.

So what exactly is a robot? IEEE Robotics and Automation Society experts state that: “A robot is an autonomous machine capable of sensing its environment, carrying out computations to make decisions, and performing actions in the real world.” Meaning, you can expect to work with these machines in the near future. Employees at Atos are already working with their robot colleague, Pepper. She welcomes guests and guides them to meeting rooms. Various organizations are embracing robots to perform a variety of tasks. 

Whether or not a task can be carried out by robots depends on the predictability level of a sequence of actions. Why? Predictable tasks are easily codifiable, making it possible for technology to take over. On the flip side, complex manual tasks and those requiring creative thinking and interpersonal skills are highly variable. Such tasks are better left to humans. Essentially, robotic process automation (RPA) is best for routine tasks. Robots will increase your productivity and save your time by taking typical activities off your hands. The analytic capacities of robots will also provide you with new insights that lead to greater creativity and innovation. 

Robo-bosses will become common in 2025. We are not necessarily saying that everyone is going to be reporting to an algorithm, so you can breathe a little bit easier.

Matthew Cain VP and Analyst, Gartner

Soon, employees will be able to utilize robots for making better decisions. Matthew Cain, Vice President and Analyst at Gartner states: “Robo-bosses will become common in 2025. We are not necessarily saying that everyone is going to be reporting to an algorithm, so you can breathe a little bit easier.” Here too, robots will help with mundane tasks that they already do, like scheduling, booking meetings, and fulfilling duties. Marianne Hewlett, Senior Vice President at Atos says: “It’s only a matter of time before chatbots and cobots [coworker robots] become more commonplace.”

Google Cloud's Robotics Platform is expected to launch soon, which will provide a free and open-source core infrastructure for robotics plus secure connections between robots and the cloud. Also, it will give access to all of Google’s big data processing and AI capabilities. Intelligent automation will be made accessible for all. Leave it to Atos to guide your journey toward RPA. Atos will help your organization implement robotics and automation with a clear, progressive approach.