British workers deliberately sabotage workplace robots about the fear that the machines will take over their work, new studies claim
- Workers have found their own way to stop the rise of the robot, sabotage
- Research by De Montfort University compared the British use of robots with Norway
- It found that UK workers are particularly disadvantageous for the introduction of intelligent machines in the workplace
British workers sabotage and attack workplace robots in an attempt to quit their jobs, study finds.
It is a common science fiction representation of the future, artificial intelligence is toppling the human race.
But for some manual workers, they have found their own ways to stop the rise of robots to global domination – by confusing them.
Robot sharing data network at the office, future technology concept (stock)
The study by De Montfort University in Leicester, which looked at the use of robotics in healthcare, concluded that UK workers are particularly fond of the introduction of intelligent machines in the workplace.
Compared to Norway, where the study showed that collaborating robots often get affectionate names and are welcome.
Jonathan Payne, professor of Work, Employment and Skills, said: & # 39; We heard stories about workers standing in the way of robots, and minor acts of sabotage – and not playing along with them. & # 39;
Add: & # 39; The UK appears to be having a problem with the diffusion and application of technology. & # 39;
A security robot from the Knightscope company patrolled an office complex in Washington D.C. when it rolled into a fountain and met its premature demise
The use of machines instead of people has slowly crept in, more so in the last five years, this is seen in most supermarkets because cashiers are being replaced by self-checkouts.
Professor Payne, who led the study, said that British companies are less likely to level themselves with their employees and explain to them why they want to use the machines.
In turn, this can lead to a higher level of resentment for the robots.
Incidents of & # 39; robot abuse & # 39; are currently being published more in the US, where a patrolling security robot was found that drowned in mysterious circumstances in a fountain in the Washington D.C. office, Knightscope, the company behind the robot that claims to have slipped.
Starship Technologies, a San Francisco company that launched delivery robots in the UK, has been confronted with attempted robbery of the robots during their duty.
Delivery robots from Starship Technologies in London (photo)
While a Scottish supermarket, Margiotta, had to fire its shopping robot after shoppers were alerted & # 39; while handing out pig samples, reports The Telegraph.
Greg Williams of Active8 Robots, a consulting firm that helps companies integrate cobots (robots that work with people), said People management: & # 39; Companies are absolutely affected by the Brexit.
& # 39; People are starting to realize that they will not be able to get the same kind of low-paid staff to do everyday tasks. It leads to quite large organizations asking if we can help. & # 39;
The publication also spoke to a British company that employs robots and asks people to wear fellow robot colleagues & # 39; s on their shoulder when the fire alarm sounds.
UK areas that are most & # 39; vulnerable & # 39; for the rise of robots, were analyzed by Oxford Economics, who discovered that East Yorkshire, Northern Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Stafordshire, Cumbria, West Wales and the Valleys are most likely to see the rise of the machines.
The report stated: & # 39; These regions & s are relatively dependent on production for employment, and have a relatively high number of low-skilled workers. & # 39;
1.7 million manufacturing tasks have been lost worldwide to robots that can do the same job faster or cheaper, around 400,000 of those in Europe, reports Oxford Economics.
The report also predicted that 20 million people will be replaced by machines in the workplace by 2030.
Despite these figures, researchers from De Montfort University in Leicester discovered that British companies were struggling to find robot alternatives & # 39; cost-effective & # 39; due to the costs incurred in smooth implementation for the company and colleagues.
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