The Number of Robots Sold in the U.S. Will Jump Nearly 300 Percent in Nine Years

2018-02-27T12:36:12+00:00February 27th, 2018| Re-posted from The number of industrial robots sold in the U.S. will jump nearly 300 percent in less than a decade, according to a projection from ABI Research. Already, 40 percent more robots were sold last year in the U.S., compared with four years prior, says data collected from the Robotic Industries Association. More robots means fewer jobs. For every new industrial robot introduced into the workforce, six jobs were eliminated, a study published last week from the National Economic Research Bureau found. The automotive industry, as usual, has brought in more robots in recent years than any other industry in the U.S., accounting for 70 percent of North American industrial robot shipments in 2016, with $1.2 billion dollars spent on the machines.   But the automatons are making deep inroads into other industries as well, and not just in jobs that were previously done by humans. Life sciences — think robots used in pharmaceutical labs, working alongside hazardous chemicals — has seen the highest growth in robots outside of the auto industry. These robots often work “in proximity to biological dangers, the threat of radioactive contamination and toxic chemotherapy compounds,” said Alex Shikany, the director of market analysis