The European mechanical engineering association EUnited has published a charter for the future cooperation of #robots and humans and has identified ten key action areas. The top priority is to put people at the center of everything.
The 'Good Work Charter' supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 and defines ten focus areas to shape the workplace of the future. "The increasingly automated and data-driven economy requires changes in the working world to be shaped by employers, employees and national governments," says Nobel Laureate Sir Christopher Pissarides, co-chair of the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW) in London. "Industry can contribute to this development by ensuring that its workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the new economy."
The European Charter for Robots and Humans explicitly puts people at the center: focus area 1 states that robots should relieve workers of repetitive tasks that are unreasonable because of monotony - employees should work like people, not like machines. Focus area 2 describes that it is always the robot that serves the human and not vice versa. Thus, the European robotics industry stands for a 'human-in-command approach'. The other focus areas deal with skills development, human-robot collaboration, simple machine operation, initiatives specifically for young people and strategies to cope with demographic change. "2.7 million industrial robots in global production and the boom of service robots outside factories are rapidly changing the way we work," says EUnited Robotics Chairman Wilfried Eberhardt. "To actively shape this change, the European robotics industry has developed the 'Good Work Charter' and identified ten fields of action that we need to address now. The top priority is and remains that humans will always play a central role in the workplace."