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Flexibility Key in Adapting to Automation

Jan 25, 2018

Researchers at the Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany have developed a medi-nanobot robot prototype. Inspired by caterpillars and jellyfish, the rectangular silicone sheet - four millimeters long and one millimeter wide - is small enough to crawl, walk and swim inside the human body.

IIS researchers say the tiny bot has to become even smaller to be fully effective in the human body for all sorts of medical and surgical applications. 

Read article about the new tiny medical robot »

View research letter published on Nature »

The World Economic Forum has just published “Eight Futures of Work: Scenarios and Their Implications”. Contributors to the white paper say that automation is not only having a significant impact on various industries, but is leading to wide-ranging changes to jobs, tasks and skills required within each sector. The rate of technological change is impacting business models. Such rapid change is begging for a total overhaul and the fastest evolution ever required for learning and training of the current and future workforce. Finally, the authors of the report say that flexibility and mobility of talent or the workforce must not be limited to geography or location.Screenshot 2018-01-25 15.30.24

View infographics on the next generation of work

Similar to the researchers in Stuttgart calling for a nimble, smaller, more flexible, and more agile medi-nanobot, employers say change must take place for the next generation of worker to succeed. 51% see the need for more efficiency as the top priority. 34% say the workforce will have to be more competitive on the job in order to survive. And, 31% see automation as the most important key to future success. While automation seems to be driving change, we must do better at getting ourselves and our workforce trained in new skills and new technologies. 

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Watch video of incredible medical nanobots on WSJ.com


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