More than half of all workers surveyed across seven countries want to use artificial intelligence for human-machine collaboration.

These are the results of a new international report into robots and digitisation.

The ‘automatica trend index’ surveyed a total of 7,000 employees across the US, China, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy.

Seventy-three per cent of respondents assume that AI makes it easier for people to assign the machine new tasks - for example, via voice command or touchpad.

"As the survey shows, employees want more consistent commitments from politicians, industry and science as regards training and development for work 4.0," says Falk Senger, managing director of technology fairs at Messe München.

"At the same time, the technological development of intelligent automation and robotics is advancing at a tremendous pace."

According to about one in two survey respondents in Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Japan, the number of higher-skilled and better paid jobs will rise in the future with the new human-robot teams.

In China and the United States this opinion rises to as much as 80 per cent.

This new collaboration with robots is regarded by the majority of all seven countries (average 68 per cent) as an opportunity to master higher-skilled work.

Some 70 percent believe that human-robot teams will improve manufacturing by combining human talents with the strengths of robotics.

'automatica' is an international trade fair for robotics which take place in Munich on June 19 to 22, 2018.