The population of robots is apparently now less positive than it was a few years ago. This was especially true for robots in the workplace, such as psychologists from the universities of Würzburg and Linz reports.

reasons for the change of mood could not be derived by the researcher from the data. Study author Markus Appel of the Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg suspected that behind the fear could be stuck losing one’s job.

“robots in the workplace are already in the conversation, but now the Fears are concrete,” he said. The uncertainty index in studies and in interviews with workers confirmed Martina Mara, a Professor of robot psychology, Johannes Kepler University of Linz.

In the process, revealed a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry in the past year, that robots create the bottom line is more Jobs than they destroy.

that realization seems to have little effect on the mood in the country to have an impact: Overall, respondents were still positive towards robots. But the idea that robots will take on tasks in medicine, at work, or in the care, they felt rather uncomfortable.

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For the Journal “Computers in Human Behavior”, published study the scientists evaluated data from the so-called Eurobarometer, a regular survey of the European Commission. The Eurobarometer 2017, 2014 and 2012, were interviewed about 80,000 people in 27 countries, including nearly 1,600 from Germany.

Just the opinion of robots in the workplace is to change positions since 2012, therefore, an endorsement to the slight skepticism in Germany even stronger than in the average of all countries.

in fact, robots are increasingly being used in industry and in medicine and elderly care have been intensively tested. Each of the second large industrial company uses, according to the Federal statistical office, robots for welding and painting or for Transport and cleaning. Tests with nursing robots there are, among other things, at the German center for air and space travel (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, as well as at the University of applied Sciences Kiel and the University of Siegen.


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