While there’s the obvious factors to consider like cost, technical feasibility and legal/regulatory obligations. Full consideration should be given to social acceptance, organisational enthusiasm and legacy systems which will undoubtedly slow down the shift towards integrated automation in the workplace.
John Hawksworth, PwC’s chief economist commented, “Just because it is technically feasible to replace a human worker with a robot, doesn’t mean it’s economically attractive to do so. Levels of automation will depend on the relative cost and productivity of robots compared to human workers in carrying out different types of tasks. We expect this balance to shift in favour of robots over time, but there should still be many areas where humans retain a comparative advantage."