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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

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People have mixed feelings about robots taking their jobs.

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot, according to a poll conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

Researchers polled 300 people to judge whether they would prefer an existing member of the staff to be replaced by a robot or a human; 62% said they preferred to have a human take over, but when they were asked to imaging losing their own job, only 37% preferred being replaced by a human rather than a robot.

The researchers then asked 251 people to indicate the intensity of their negative emotions such as sadness, anger, or frustration when considering new employees being replaced by humans or robots. The respondents said they had stronger negative emotions related to replacing other people's jobs with robots compared to losing their own job to automation.

From New Scientist
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