SOUTHERN INDIANA — A lack of awareness and a need for a qualified workforce to use the technology are the main reasons why Indiana manufacturers are lagging behind implementation of data-driven approaches and developing artificial intelligence, a study by Purdue University researchers finds.
Other experts believe gaps in available labor — exacerbated by the pandemic — coupled with a competitive global marketplace will force more automation and the use of AI throughout the country.
But that doesn’t mean that human workers aren’t needed.
“There’s this argument in the state of Indiana that robots are going to take everyone’s job. Well, that’s just not true,” said Kent Powell, national sales manager for Jeffersonville-based Amatrol.
“However, because of the fact…