While some people exercise hand-wringing over robotics robbing jobs, the reality remains that the worldwide trends of Baby Boomer retirements will leave virtually every economy in employee deficiencies in the next 10-15 years.
Robotics will be able to close much of the gap in manual and service jobs. We're on course to have the kinds of mechanical flexibility and artificial intelligence for many kinds of work that have required people in the past. A third category involves human assisted robotics. The Internet or Things is already preparing us for a more robotic world. The developments in robotics could shift the gap to an increase in unnecessary labor and professionals, creating perhaps an even more complex problem for these economies.