The EU places a strong emphasis on research, development and innovation (R&D&I). Machine-based systems, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are usually viewed as innovative technologies that hold the potential to make predictions, recommendations and decisions, influencing work-based environments both in the private and public sectors. Specifically, in the case of robotics a wide-ranging impact can be expected offering new solutions to Smart Health, Home or Transport.
The integration of new technologies at the workplace is not new. Machine-based systems are already part of warehouses and manufacturing businesses and many workers have been under automated surveillance from their employers.
However, the appropriate ethical and legal framework and guidelines are necessary, especially in relation to social aspects as the rights of workers.
Digitalisation in the workplace covers a variety of digital technologies and fast-developing applications, ranging from digital communication and information tools (ICT) to robots and artificial intelligence (AI).
The increasing integration of innovative digital technologies both in the private and public sectors is essential for the resilience and competitiveness of the EU economy. However, widespread adoption of new technologies, such as AI will result in significant changes in the way we perform our jobs. While not all changes will be negative, the effects will be wide ranging.
Therefore, it is important to address ethical and legal challenges millions of workers already face around Europe today.
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