Robomageddon: Robots, AI, and Future-Proofing Your Career

MindEdge’s Second Annual Future of Work Survey

Robotics and automation may help companies save money in the short term, but in the long run there’s no substitute for the high-quality results that only human workers can produce – right?

Well, maybe not. According to MindEdge’s second annual Future of Work survey, corporate managers think that robots and artificial intelligence are actually outperforming humans in the workplace. And they’d want to keep the robots on the job, even if they didn’t save their companies money.

MindEdge’s national survey of 1,047 managers and above was conducted online by Qualtrics between January 31 and February 8, 2019. The top findings: 58 percent of managers say that robotics and AI do higher-quality work than human workers, and 65 percent say they would keep current levels of automation even if there were no cost savings involved. But managers also think that ongoing skills training is an effective way to help workers future-proof their careers – especially when it comes to improving soft skills such as communications, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Majority of respondents believe advanced automation performs higher quality work than humans; 65% would opt to keep the same level of automation even if cost benefits weren't being realized.

Quality of work - Advanced Automation vs. Humans.

How would you rate the quality of work now being done by automation or robots at your company? Compared to human workers who do the same tyoe of job, would you say that automation or robots:

   58 percent of all respondants answered automation or robots do higher quality work compared to humans.
                            62 percent of male respondants answered automation or robots do higher quality work compared to humans.
                            51 percent of female respondants answered automation or robots do higher quality work compared to humans.
                            34 percent of all respondants answered automation or robots do about the same quality work compared to humans.
                            32 percent of male respondants answered automation or robots do about the same quality work compared to humans.
                            36 percent of female respondants answered automation or robots do about the same quality work compared to humans.
                            5 percent of all respondants answered automation or robots do lower quality work compared to humans.
                            4 percent of male respondants answered automation or robots do lower quality work compared to humans.
                            7 percent of female respondants answered automation or robots do lower quality work compared to humans.
                            5 percent of all respondants were unsure.
                            2 percent of all respondants were unsure.
                            7 percent of all respondants were unsure.

Strategy If Cost Reductions Not Realized

Many businesses have turned to robotics or advanced automation as a way to reduce costs. But image, for a moment, that there were not cost advantage to using robotics or advanced automation. In that case, would you want your company to:


                            65 percent of respondents answered: keep the current mix of robotics/automation and human workers.
                            23 percent of respondents answered: Get rid of the robotics/automation and bring back all the human workers.
                            65 percent of respondents answered: Continue to replace as mnay human workers as possible with robotics/automation.
                            8 percent of respondents answered: keep the current mix of robotics/automation and human workers.
                            3 percent of respondents answered: keep the current mix of robotics/automation and human workers.