Working Beside Robots: A Glimpse into the Future

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Automation throughout history has caused profound changes in employment dynamics. With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, a new threat may affect employability, as robots and AI-based processes can now assume tasks considered exclusive to humans. This position paper aims to motivate the study of the effects of AI and automation on employability, extending it into a collaborative network perspective. The problem is firstly observed from a historical perspective. The collaboration aspects are considered through the analysis of two case studies. Results suggest that a latent element of collaborative networks, complexity, may have effects in terms of employability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart and Sustainable Collaborative Networks 4.0 - 22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021, Proceedings
EditorsLuis M. Camarinha-Matos, Xavier Boucher, Xavier Boucher, Hamideh Afsarmanesh
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-85969-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-85968-8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021
Event22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 22 Nov 202124 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume629 IFIPAICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automation
  • Collaborative networks
  • Employability


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