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The future of robotics in Europe

Robert Bogue (Consultant, Okehampton, UK)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 20 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide details of a major new European robotic research programme and of a recent survey concerning the attitudes of Europeans to robotic technology.

Design/methodology/approach

Following an introduction, this paper briefly summarises Europe’s position within the global robotics industry and then discusses the SPARC project. It then examines the finding of a European survey of public attitudes towards robots and concludes with a short discussion.

Findings

This shows that the European Union (EU) is a significant force within the global robotics business, and that it is about to embark on its largest ever robotics R&D programme. An EU-wide survey of public attitudes towards robots showed generally positive views but great resistance to the use of robots to care for children, the elderly and the disabled. There was also widespread concern that growing numbers of robots will take jobs.

Originality/value

This paper summarises Europe’s position within the global robotics industry, provides details of the SPARC project and analyses the finding of a European survey into public attitudes towards robots.

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Citation

Bogue, R. (2014), "The future of robotics in Europe", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 6, pp. 487-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-07-2014-0364

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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