Google has caught plenty of attention this year for its investments in the robotics space, snapping up a larger number of companies developing innovations in automation for work, the military and a variety of other options.

But it isn’t the only one. A new report at New Scientist shows pictures of an exo-skeleton being produced by Daewoo in order to supercharge its ship building efforts.

Gilwhoan Chu, lead of the company’s research and development group, said in the publication the exoskeleton helps workers perform they never could on their own – like lifting extraordinarily heavy objects.

“Our current research target of the lifting capacity is about 100 kilograms,” Chu said.

The shipbuilding firms are already known for their use of robotics. But the ongoing development of this type of technology suggests it has a place in the modern workplace – and sooner, rather than later.

Combined with the efforts of driverless cars in the United States and the ability of digital assistants such as Siri to perform tasks and give recommendations based on past performance, a future of automation in everything – from retail to the home – is becoming much harder to deny.

Such high-powered automation brings with it questions regarding productivity and output – and yet the biggest issue is the skills gap .

Such innovation, while welcome, highlights the skills gap between workers who are trained in digital skills and those who aren’t. As the workforce slowly becomes more automated, it will become necessary for digital skills training to play a larger role – and for schools and universities to emphasise the same.