This event took place on 11 December 2023. Click here to read the event round-up and view the recording.

The Future Visions series explores the next-generation technologies at the cutting edge of research and development that are set to disrupt industries, challenge incumbents, and act as a catalyst for growth. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the latest advances in technology from those at the heart of its development, equipping them and their business to take action and realise the potential of future technologies.

Previous topics have included AI and semiconductors, neuromorphic computing, and photonics.

This session will convene world-leading engineers, technologists and companies across the field of autonomous robotics to discuss the latest technological advancements, areas for Government support and opportunities for UK industry.

By the end, attendees will understand:

  1. What autonomous robots are and will be capable of
  2. How Government can best support UK industry to lead on the development of autonomous robots
  3. How UK industry can identify whether they should adopt autonomous robot technologies
  4. Which stakeholders will play a vital role in making this happen




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A joining link will be shared on Monday 4 December.

Across the globe, autonomous robots, which use sensors and decision-making structures to operate independently of human operators, are transforming and disrupting numerous industries, including retail, construction and manufacturing.

In 2005, 90% of all robots could be found assembling cars in automotive factories. Over the decades since, the applications of autonomous robots have exploded, creating new opportunities for companies looking to embrace automation, boost productivity, and stay at the forefront of innovation.

According to The Data City, the number of robotics companies in the UK has increased by 85.3% over the past decade, rising from 519 in 2013 to 962 in 2023. These companies have grown by an average of 8.1% per year since 2000.

However, on most other metrics, the UK still lags far behind countries such as Japan and South Korea in the development and adoption of these technologies.

This is desptite initiatives such as UKRI's 'robotics for a safer world' challenge, which ran from 2017 to 2021 awarding £112 million to over 200 organisations, and Jacobs UK's Centre for Robotic Autonomy in Demanding and Long-lasting Environments (CRADLE), announced earlier this year.

Only by bridging the divide between technologists and industry can the UK look to scale up the development and adoption of autonomous robots and begin to address its pervasive Productivity Puzzle.

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The UK is home to emerging technologies that have the power to revolutionise entire industries. From quantum to semiconductors; from gaming to the New Space Economy, they all have the unique opportunity to help prepare for what comes next.

techUK members lead the development of these technologies. Together we are working with Government and other stakeholders to address tech innovation priorities and build an innovation ecosystem that will benefit people, society, economy and the planet - and unleash the UK as a global leader in tech and innovation.

For more information, or to get in touch, please visit our Innovation Hub and click ‘contact us’. 

Tech and Innovation Summit, 19 June

Emerging technologies will be debated and explored at our annual Tech and Innovation Summit, taking place on 19 June. This campaign week will directly feed into the themes discussed at the Summit. 

techUK’s flagship Tech and Innovation Summit returns to traverse the extraordinary and ground-breaking discoveries made possible by the application of emerging and transformative technologies. 

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