This post was written by IAM Robotics Chief Technology Officer, Tom Galluzzo.

There is a growing labor crisis today in nearly every industry that requires manual labor. A worldwide generational phenomenon, driven by the adoption of technology, has led to a more tech-savvy population and people are less interested in doing manual jobs. As a result, finding consistent reliable labor is a growing challenge. On top of this, right now, there is an exponentially growing need for logistics labor. A great example of this is the current shortage of delivery drivers, which is leading to gas supply chain problems.

This issue is convincing businesses to turn to new kinds of automation. A new generation of autonomous robots, really the first generation of thinking moving machines, are entering the workplace. Contrary to popular opinion, these robots aren’t taking jobs; rather, they are addressing a critical labor-supply problem. Now more than ever, robots are able to bridge the labor gap, and increase productivity in ways that don’t depend on adding more human workers.

From this perspective, it looks like this next generation of automation will play a role in a brighter future of work – a future where people can pursue more creative and humanitarian work that offers real opportunities for economic mobility and financial security. This will create more efficient and fulfilling jobs for people of all skill levels.