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March 13, 2019 Wednesday 10:50:18 AM IST

Humans get demoralized working with faster robots

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A new study has found that as robots are getting advanced and faster in job execution, it could create a sense of insecurity to workers in industry.

The study was done by a team of roboticists and economists under the leadership of Cornell University. The task involved counting the letter G appearing a number of times and subsequently placing a block in the bin corresponding to the number of occurrences. The humans were pitted against the robots and each time the screen indicated which participant was doing better. When the robots performed better, the humans rated their chance lower of getting the tasks done right.

The results of the study indicate that policy makers and the industry should be cautious in implementing robots for various tasks. They should not be at the cause of demoralizing existing staff members and also reducing their productivity.


Source: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3323698

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