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The future of the labor force is robots
In Singapore, robot workers have taken the lead in several establishments. In an effort to maintain strict safety regulations during lockdown protocols following COVID -19 pandemic.
The number of businesses that have employed robots is growing. According to them, due to restrictions on human employees, utilizing robots has been a trend for most.
Between December 2019 and September 2021, the number of foreign workers fell by 235,700 – a workforce that the city-state highly depends on.
The manpower ministry noted that this development aid in the speed-up of the Pace of technology adoption and automation” by companies.
As an example, the four-legged robot named “Spot,” owned by Gammon works at a construction site and sends data to their company control room regarding work progress on mud and gravel.
Gammon General Manager Michael O’Connell told reporters that employing ‘Spot’ to do the job halved their required manpower.
Replacing the need for manpower on-site with autonomous solutions is gaining real traction,” he said.
To O’Connell, the trend ought to continue with more businesses. In the future planning to acquire artificial intelligence to take over human jobs.
Singaporean National Library
The Singaporean National Library is also utilizing two shelf-reading robots that can scan up to 100,000 books.
The assistant director of the National Library Board said, Staff need not read the call numbers one by one on the shelf, and this reduces the routine and labor-intensive aspects.”
Robotic process automation is rapidly taking over many jobs directly interacting with consumers. Over 30 metro stations are already planning on using robots in their daily operations.
Keith Tan, the Chief Executive of Town Digital, said that the “biggest pain point” in food and beverage. Finding staff was solved through the employment of robots. Tan further said that the trend would automate business systems.
In the wake of such a revolutionary approach, many people said that customers better and more need human interactions. We always want to have some kind of touch,” said one customer.
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