Robot workers have been a major talking point lately, with many companies pushing for them to be a permanent fixture. China also sees its potential, installing so many robots that they might replace human workers, and Japan might be next.
With basic labor jobs shrinking every day, it’s easy to see why many countries are looking towards robotics for help. Now that robotics and AI have become a standard part of life, it’s interesting to see how this will go.
China installs a lot of robot workers
According to WSJ, China has installed almost as many robot workers as the rest of the world, despite labor problems. The report says China’s shipments of these automatons increased to 45% in 2021, now having more than 243,000 of them.
On why China has been increasing its demand for robots, the country supposedly wants to catch up with other rich countries. Europe and the Americas are some of the countries that China want to meet or surpass since they’re on top.
Wanting to compete with richer countries aside, China also recognizes that its factories need these robots for more important reasons. Many citizens are no longer content with cheap labor practices, especially with wages rising, hence the need for robots.
Is Japan next?
Financial Times has reported that the Yen’s value has plunged and Japan might also have to rely on robot workers. The Yen’s decrease in value and limited resources could lead to a robot revolution, at least in terms of workforce.
Considering all these factors, it seems like the country’s embrace of more robot workers is only a matter of time. As of this writing, the country hasn’t ordered them in bulk like China has but that can change really soon.
Are robot workers going to be the new normal? In terms of cheap labor, they might be.