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27th December 2016

The future of robotics: 10 predictions for 2017 and beyond

Technology research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a report highlighting the key drivers for robotics and how these are likely to accelerate developments from 2017 through 2020.

 

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International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a report titled “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions", which highlights the key drivers for robotics and how these are likely to shape the development of technology in the planning horizon of 2017 through 2020.

"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," says Dr. Jing Bing Zhang, Research Director.

Dr. Zhang revealed the strategic top ten predictions and major robotics trends that are set to present both opportunities and challenges to IT leaders during 2017 and beyond.

 

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Prediction 1: Robot as a Service. By 2019, 30% of commercial service robotic applications will be in the form of a "Robot as a Service" business model, reducing costs for robot deployment.

Prediction 2: Chief Robotics Officer. By 2019, 30% of leading organisations will implement a Chief Robotics Officer role and/or define a robotics-specific function within the business.

Prediction 3: Evolving Competitive Landscape. By 2020, companies will have a greater choice of vendors, as new players enter the US$80-billion Information & Communications Technology (ICT) market to support robotics deployment.

Prediction 4: Robotics Talent Crunch. By 2020, robotics growth will accelerate the talent race, leaving 35% of robotics-related jobs vacant, while the average salary increases by at least 60%.

Prediction 5: Robotics Will Face Regulation. By 2019, the Government will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address concerns of security, safety, and privacy.

 

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Automated hospital pharmacy, capable of tracking, preparing and dispensing medication automatically.

 

Prediction 6: Software Defined Robot. By 2020, 60% of robots will depend on cloud-based software to define new skills, cognitive capabilities, and application programs, leading to the formation of a "robotics cloud" marketplace.

Prediction 7: Collaborative Robot. By 2018, 30% of all new robotic deployments will be smart collaborative robots that operate three times faster than today's robots and are safe for work around humans.

Prediction 8: Intelligent RoboNet. By 2020, 40% of commercial robots will become connected to a mesh of shared intelligence, resulting in 200% improvement in overall robotic operational efficiency.

Prediction 9: Growth Outside Factory. By 2019, 35% of leading organisations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations.

Prediction 10: Robotics for E-commerce. By 2018, 45% of the 200 leading global e-commerce and omni-channel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfilment warehousing and delivery operations.

"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," Dr. Zhang concludes.

 

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Robotic kitchen hands. Credit: Moley Robotics

 

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