The cobots are coming… but will they be safe?

Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) – including drones and driverless vehicles – are expected to have a major impact on most economic sectors within the next 10 years. Here Simon Armitage, Science Coordinator for HSE’s Shared Research, considers the implications for occupational health and safety of integrating these collaborative robots (cobots) with the human workforce. … Continue reading “The cobots are coming… but will they be safe?”

Sensor sensibility: the future of wearable health tech at work

Social Scientist Jo Bowen, of HSE’s Foresight Centre, takes a look at the development and growing adoption of wearable health and safety ‘smart technology’, and considers the implications this might have for the future working world. Here’s a teaser for you. What, according to networking equipment giant Cisco, is the similarity between the room-sized ENIAC … Continue reading “Sensor sensibility: the future of wearable health tech at work”

Why it’s smarter and safer to look ahead now

Sam Bradbrook, Senior Scientist in HSE’s Foresight Centre (and self-confessed ‘petrol-head’) explains the importance to health and safety of looking ahead and preparing for what the future might hold. It was only my second time on a racetrack. I’d had some expert tuition, I knew the track, I was confident and in control.  The corner … Continue reading “Why it’s smarter and safer to look ahead now”

How the farm of the future might look

Alison Richards, Scientist in HSE’s Foresight Centre, considers how emerging challenges such as population growth, diminishing natural resources, climate change and environmental pollution might be addressed by technological solutions, possibly making the farm of the future very different from what we see today. Labour saving devices such as robotic harvesters, mechanical fruit pickers, weeding machines … Continue reading “How the farm of the future might look”