What future for European robotics? (2021)
This report published in 2021 by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission presents the key findings and conclusions from the Science for Policy conference entitled “What future for European Robotics?”, that took place online on 27-29 January 2021.
The aim of the conference was to discuss the impact of robotics through technical, economic and social angles and to identify the main policy challenges to be addressed on short and long term, also taking into consideration the COVID-19 crisis and the recovery.
The report presents the results of the panels and discussions of the conference, focusing on the following aspects:
- impact of robotisation on the economy, on the future of work and employment;
- social impact, including opportunities and risks brought by AI and robots;
- human-robot interaction, especially in the education sector.
The key conclusions and main take away of the report provide recommendations to policymakers, notably to make sure that "no one is left behind", by setting up initiatives and investing in lifelong education, digital infrastructure, and various methodologies for human-robot interaction.