June 25, 2019
Latest News
Science & Technology

Japanese robot manufacturer: automation will not destroy jobs

Kocevje (Slovenia), Apr 8 (efe-epa).- A Japanese robot manufacturer that has launched its first factory in Europe said Monday that the use of artificial intelligence will not result in a loss of jobs.

Yaskawa has been steadily increasing its presence in Europe and aims to streamline 80 percent of the continent's production lines through the use of its robots.

But there is a deep-rooted fear within society that robots will steal the jobs humans rely on.

"Industrial robots offer opportunities and great advantages that would have been unimaginable a few years ago, such as production systems that are safer and result in less work-related accidents, " Laurent Bodin, director of Yaskawa Ibérica, told EFE.

The fear of automation is an unfounded assumption, he said.

All technological revolutions that society has experienced to date have transformed established production systems and, in their origins, caused alarm and a social backlash, Bodin continued.

"If we look to the long term, these improvements of the use of resources have led to huge improvements in people's quality of life," he added.

"The robotics industry and the industry 4.0 is no exception," Bodin said.

"The industry 4.0 revolution has come to stay and with the launch of our new factory in Slovenia we want to make Europe a participant of this great change,"

The so-called fourth industrial revolution refers to an innovative transformation of production systems that sees repetitive tasks previously carried out by humans being handed over to computers and robots.

The automation of these tasks, controlled by machines that function on algorithms, relies on Artificial Intelligence and the so-called Internet of Things which sees objects become "smart" as they connect to the network to carry out more sophisticated tasks.

The opening of the first Yaskawa factory in Europe is a "milestone" given that to date this sector has been dominated by Asia, Bodin said.

From its Slovenian headquarters, the company hopes to cover 80 percent of Europe's production needs which will "allow a reduction of delivery times and production lines."

"It is important to highlight that rather than destroying employment, industrial robots become yet another tool in order to work in a more intuitive way with enhanced connectivity and usability," he added. EFE-epa


News history
Chile’s Elqui Valley: An idyllic setting from which to observe solar eclipse

By Alberto Valdés Gómez

Experts: Frozen semen viable for human reproduction in space

Barcelona, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Frozen semen is still viable in conditions of microgravity, meaning humans may be able to reproduce in space, a team of...

Ai-Da: I am the world's first robot artist

By Brenda Pérez Zapater

Apple explores moving some production out of China

By Yoko Kubota and Tripp Mickle

Vietnam calls in Russian experts to help maintain Ho Chi Minh's mummy

Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Jun 20 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has called on the expertise of four Russian scientists to join a team of specialists on a mission to...

Chilean scientists sound alarm as glaciers retreat

Santiago, Jun 19 (efe-epa).- Scientists in Chile warned Wednesday that the retreat of glaciers in the southern region of Patagonia as a result of climate...

Two planets discovered that could potentially support life

Madrid, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Two exoplanets have been discovered that are warm, similar to the Earth, may have water and could be good candidates to support...

Facebook reveals Libra, ambitious foray into world of digital currency

San Francisco (USA), Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Facebook on Tuesday unveiled plans to launch a digital currency called Libra which will allow people to send money...

China biotech companies poach US talent

Hong Kong (China) Jun 17 (efe-epa).- China-based biotechnology startups looking to go global are poaching talent from the biggest American pharmaceutical...

Neurobiologist: Former athletes make best commentators

Concepcion M. Moreno

India aims to have its own space station

New Delhi, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- India announced Thursday it plans to put its own space station into orbit in the near future and has other projects in the...

India to launch its second lunar mission in July

New Delhi, Jun 12 (efe-epa).- India is set to launch its second lunar mission in mid-July to explore the south pole of the lunar surface, the country’s...

Animal fossils between 10,000-14,000 years old found in central Mexico

Puebla, Mexico, Jun 11 (efe-epa).- Fossil remains of mammoths, camels and gigantic "wolf-dogs" from 10,000 to 14,000 years ago have been found during work...

Russia, Spain make progress on development of UV telescope to Hubble

By Ignacio Ortega

What's next in payments

By Stella Yifan Xie

Halal surfing: Web browser targets 1.8 billion Muslim followers

By Noel Caballero

Cutting edge Chilean technology uses microalgae to curb air pollution

By Imane Rachidi

Washington museum to display real T-rex skeleton

Washington, Jun 4 (efe-epa).- The National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC on the weekend will open its renovated fossil and dinosaur hall with a...

The hurricane that changed US history

By Alvaro Blanco

China and its revolution of robots in production chains

By Paula Escalada Medrano

Chile creating marine algae paper to preserve fruit exports

Santiago, May 27 (efe-epa).- A "bioactive algal paper" that preserves food longer, especially fresh fruit exports, has been created in Chile using natural...

Experts stress using digital tools to make Colombian companies more dynamic

Cali, Colombia, May 23 (efe-epa).- Increasing human beings' use of digital tools is the vehicle whereby Colombia's business sector will develop, several...

Brazil reintroducing animal species into world's largest urban forest

By Carlos A. Moreno

Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 17 (efe-epa).- Springtime takes on a special meaning along the foothills of the Alatau mountains surrounding the southern Kazakh...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.