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Genfour, an AI and RPA specialist, has released the first Robotic Workforce Research report, which highlights the results of a global survey of businesses to establish the sentiment surrounding robotics and the journey to the automated office.

More than half of respondents answered that they embraced robots and believed that business would get much further with man working hand in hand with machine.

Across all US/UK businesses, 94 percent responded that they either embraced robots, or felt a robotic future would be inevitable. Almost half (49.2 percent) of respondents believe that between 10 percent and 30 percent of their business is immediately automatable.

In the US, over 57 percent embrace the idea of robotics, while 37 percent believe it is inevitable, and only 5 percentare scared of a future where robots are in the workplace. By comparison, in the UK, almost half of respondents (46 percent) embrace the arrival of the robots, 47 percent feel it is inevitable evolution, and 7 percent are concerned about a future where robots 'steal jobs'. Only 12 percent of businesses in the US aren't considering any form of automation at present.

In the US, over one third of business leaders believe that transformation will be fast, and have plans in place now (38 percent). Over half of all business respondents believe the shift to an automated world will be gradual, and take place over the next two or more years (52 percent).

Globally, over one third of businesses globally report they are considering automating between 11-20 percent of the business, in the US 24 percent believe automation could take the place of as much as 21-30 percent of business processes; in the UK 32 percent of respondents believe 11-20 percent could be automated.

The research, carried out by 3Gem Research, surveyed 250 business heads of department and managers across organizations in the US and UK respectively, on their views on robotics and uptake within their business departments.

Robotics and business continuity

In some industries robots are already mission-critical in production systems but, if the expectations seen in this survey come to fruition, then robotics will become increasingly mainstream. Business continuity managers need to monitor plans for increased robot use in their organizations and need to consider the business continuity strategies that can be put in place to ensure the continuous availability and resilience of robot-reliant processes.

To download an infographic of the Robotic Workforce Research, click here (PDF).

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