Readie’s Valerie Mocker joined BBC World Service Tech Tent presenter Rory Cellan-Jones and Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk to discuss the impact of robots on the workforce. The presenters visited the London Science Museum’s new exhibition on robotics and discovered what past mechanisation might teach tomorrow’s workers about adapting to automation.

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“We shouldn’t just look at the future as something that is done to us, but something that we can actively shape … what we can already see now is a few examples where robots are actually adding value to the workplace…”
Valerie Mocker, Readie

Industrie 4.0

Since the Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the 18th century, technology has dramatically altered the workplace. Industrie 4.0 is likely to bring the biggest changes yet, with robots taking on roles that only humans have thus far been capable of.

In Europe, policymakers and businesses are developing initiatives to ensure a competent future workforce. The UK has already integrated programming into the curriculum, but there is still much to be done in upskilling the current workforce. The success of the digital transformation depends on whether businesses and governments can adapt to the speed of technological change.

 

(Image: Toy robots on display at the Science Museum, London. Credit: BBC / Jat Gill)