The rise of robotics, and what it means for engineers

CASSIE STEEL | July 30, 2019

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Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics are revolutionising the way we work. Pretty much every industry is being affected, from healthcare to transport, retail to construction, and defence to resources. And at the controls of the automation revolution are engineers. A report commissioned by Google called The Automation Advantage says by 2030, machines are likely to take over at least two hours of the most repetitive manual jobs we currently do each week.

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