Robot Replacements: Preferred To Human Alternates

by | Sep 15, 2019

Robot Replacements: Preferred To Human AlternatesNo one wants to get fired, but there may be a way to soften the blow.

A lot of workers face the possibility of being replaced by a robot and turns out that might not be a bad thing. According to a study of two thousand people by researchers in Munich and Rotterdam, most would rather be replaced by a robot than another person.

They felt the same about artificial intelligence, and researchers have a simple explanation. Ego. They say most people consider themselves “irreplaceable,” a basic human character. So they are more likely to accept a robot, programmed and built to perform better than an average person.

Other researchers have been looking at how people could work alongside robots. In this case the perception of the technology isn’t as friendly. Most people said they began to dislike the robot after it began winning. In some cases, seeing the robot’s score increasing would stress the person out causing them to perform badly.

Robots are coming… like it or not. Now you have to figure out where you’ll land in the whole new world.

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