Robots cobots and human labor
White paper by Universal Robots
Robots, Cobots and Human labor.
While robots sometimes get good press for increasing productivity, helping smaller companies compete with larger rivals, and even enabling human workers to move from boring repetitive tasks to more interesting work, they are more often suspected – or directly accused –of “stealing” jobs from human workers.
This white paper will examine the relationship between robots – in particular, the collaborative robots (or “cobots”) that Universal Robots produces – and human labor. Our intentions are to look at the “accusations” being leveled at robots today, provide a bit of a “reality check” by looking at the bigger picture, show how cobots differ from traditional industrial robots in their relationship to the human workforce, and then briefly mention some initiatives that we believe will help ensure that society reaps the maximum benefit from robotics-based automation.