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A robot as colleague: can you envision it?

Look through the eyes of TNO and discover how we contribute to a brighter future by developing technology for a human-centric labour market.

Ever smarter robots and algorithms feel like a threat to many people. But is this justified? If it were up to TNO, they will soon make work easier for us. The labour market is going to change as a result of societal and technological innovations. So how can we get the most out of human-robot collaboration?

LIGHTER WORKLOAD THROUGH ROBOTISATION

A robot as colleague? It seems futuristic but is closer than you might think. With an exoskeleton, it is possible to plaster a wall or lift heavy boxes and stack them up high. And a robot that carries out tasks alongside people – a cobot – could be a way of enabling people with disabilities to undertake challenging work. Let technology lend us a hand.

EXOSKELETON BEYOND THE LIMITS OF HUMAN STRENGTH

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THE INFLUENCE OF CORONA ON THE LABOUR MARKET

The corona crisis has a huge impact on the labour market. In some sectors, people are being forced to look for new jobs, while other sectors face a shortage of people. When it comes to matching suitable people, the focus on diplomas and work experience does not help. By looking at skills instead of the right paperwork, we can find a better match for a new job. TNO has developed a digital ‘fitting room’ that shows which skills someone has and what work matches these.

LABOUR MARKET MISMATCH DEMANDS MATCHING BASED ON SKILLS

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AUTOMATION OF THE LABOUR MARKET

Technological developments move fast. This has major advantages not only for new products and services but also for our work. Technology can take care of boring or unpleasant work so that we can occupy ourselves with other things. By researching how new technology is changing our work, we can learn more about how the labour market will look in the future. In this way, employees and employers can develop themselves in a more future-proof manner.

Future of work

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