Published: 18th Sep 2019

Entire regions of the UK face being left behind as workplaces become more automated with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) systems, a group of MPs has warned. A report published today (18 September) by the business, energy and industrial strategy select committee warns that the transition to a more automated workplace risks ‘reducing the quality of work, widening existing inequalities and increasing regional disparities’. In particular, it calls on the government to support those most affected and provides local areas with the support and incentives needed to enable the transition to automation. It also adds the UK is lagging behind other countries in the adoption of robots and the problem for the British labour market ‘is not that we have too many robots in the workplace, but that we have too few’. According to the report, in 2015 the UK had just 10 robots for every million hours worked, compared … (To read the full article, subscribe below)