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MIT researchers: You'll actually welcome your robot boss

According to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, humans work better with robots. While you'd normally expect that humans wouldn't take well to the help of a robot, the MIT researchers were shocked to discover that we're actually happier when collaborating with a robot teammate.

The study placed two students with a robot that had varying levels of autonomy. The human/robot team was tasked with fetching and assembling parts. Teams had a robot that had either full control over their team's organization, no control over the team, or controlled all but one member of the team.

At first, I thought it was pretty convenient that when your study's sample group consists mostly of MIT students then, yeah, they'll probably end up trusting the robot. Then I thought about the results of the study for a bit longer. Think back to the last menial job you had, was there ever a manager who got on your nerves?

The robot isn't capable of taking a break. When it organizes the team, it organizes for efficiency without favoritism. It shouldn't be surprising that the teams that performed the task under the supervision of a robot met their goals much quicker than the other teams.

What if your boss was a faceless robot? Would you like it? Let's discuss the rise of our robot overlords in the comment section.

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