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Does Robotic Process Automation Mean Economic Doom?


In the past years and months, there has been significant buzz surrounding the rise of automation technologies — robotics, robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive technologies, and machine learning. A significant portion of this discussion has been centered around how these technologies will impact jobs and the overall global economy.

For example, a recent study by Citi and the University of Oxford’s Martin School found the automation potential of jobs to be around 38% in highly skilled, developed countries with much higher percentages of around 85% being possible in developing countries. As a result of these statistics and other research regarding automation, there is noteworthy controversy among experts, insiders, and researchers about whether automation technologies will have positive or negative economic consequences. It can be argued automaton can provide time liberation and costs saving that will enable companies and their employees to focus on more creative, innovative, and value-adding activities; on the other hand it can also be argued automation will eliminate the need for human workers entirely and spell doom for the economy.

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