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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2018 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2019, Robot Adoption Will Have Increased by One-Third, with 60% of G2000 High-Tech Manufacturers Having Deployed Industrial Robots in Manufacturing Operations

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Prediction 2: By 2020, 45% of Newly Installed Industrial Robots Will Be Equipped with at Least One of the Intelligent Features Such as Predictive Analytics, Health Condition Awareness, Self-Diagnosis, Peer Learning, or Autonomous Cognition

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Prediction 3: By 2021, the Emergence of Intelligent Robotic Agents That Supervise and Coordinate Robots Will Have Boosted the Overall Efficiency of Industrial Robots by 30%

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Prediction 4: By 2021, 30% of G2000 Manufacturers Will Have Deployed Cyber-Physical Robotic Systems, Resulting in a 10–20% Improvement in Productivity

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Prediction 5: By 2020, the Worldwide Market for Mobile Security Robots Will Have Grown by Nearly 300%, Augmenting Human Security, with 30% of Mobile Security Robots Being Equipped with Onboard Drones to Deploy as Necessary

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Prediction 6: By 2019, 25% of Mobile Robotic Deployments Will Include the Ability to Add On Modular Components Enabling Multiple Uses on the Same Mobile Platform, Thus Delivering up to 30% Productivity and Efficiency Gains

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Prediction 7: By 2020, 30% of the Top 100 Retailers Will Be Using or Piloting Robots Within the Ship-From-Store Fulfillment Process, Helping Reduce the Cost of Ship-From-Store Orders by up to 20%

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Prediction 8: By 2021, 45% of Mobile Robotic Deployments Will Be by Way of Robot as a Service, Providing Facilities with the Ability to Rapidly Scale Up and Down During Periods of Demand Volatility and Enabling Robotic Deployments to Shift from Capex to Opex

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Prediction 9: By 2020, Spending on Drone Hardware, Software, and Services in Resource Industries Where Drones Are Deployed to Help Map and Plan Infrastructure for Oil, Gas, and Coal Extraction Areas and to Survey and Monitor Thousands of Acres of Crops Will Top $1 Billion

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Prediction 10: By 2021, the Consumer Robot Market Will Have Doubled, and Next-Generation AI-Based Robots Focused Less on Physical Tasks and More on Teaching and Interacting with Family Members Will Have Begun to Enter Homes, Thus Improving Quality of Life

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Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

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Human Versus Machine: The Impact of AI and Automation

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Platform Disruption: Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale

Empowering the Material World: Revolutionized Processes Expand Technology Reach

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