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Bryan Walsh

The next wave of job automation will be virtual

The next wave of job automation will be virtual

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

While industrial robots may get more of the attention, the real acceleration in workplace automation will come via software.

Why it matters: Robotic process automation (RPA) allows companies to program computer software to emulate the actions of a human worker online. That potentially opens up a much larger portion of the economy to automation at a moment when the pandemic has already forced businesses to go remote.

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