The Human Side of Robotics: Results from a Prototype Study on How Workers React to a Robot.
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA ROBOTICS INST
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This study examines workers reactions to the introduction of robots in a factory. The study focuses on understanding workers psychological reactions to this new technology and to the manner in which it was introduced. Workers reported that both advantages lower fatigue and disadvantages increased downtime were associated with the introduction of the robot. Over time, workers beliefs about robots became more complex and pessimistic. Production operators jobs, as well as their interaction patterns with other production and support workers changed with the introduction of the robot. Consequences of these changes for increases in job stress are examined. A set of strategies for introducing robots in the factory is discussed. Author
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems