Can robot overlords increase worker efficiency? Research conducted by MIT confirmed that the assumption of control by the robot over human tasks is not only efficient, but also desirable – workers prefer when they receive orders by their robots. Manufacturers and industry have long recognized the benefits of automation in streamlining the process to liberate the people from tedious tasks, but there is always the fear that workers might feel undervalued or exchangeable.
“In our study, we tried to figure out that sweet spot, and to ensure that human labor is satisfied and productive,” says project manager Matthew Gombolay, a Ph.D. student at MIT in the “Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).” “We found that the answer is that the machines should have greater autonomy, it helps people to work together harmoniously with robotic teammates,” said Gombolay.
But it’s not just that people prefer listening tasks that gave them a robot when it comes to job performance. The robots are also leading the team in a more productive manner than would people could.
“Fully autonomous conditions proved to be not only the most effective for the job, but also as a method where human workers an advantage. Workers are more likely to say they are robots” better understanding “and” improve the efficiency of the team. “
Gombolay emphasizes that giving control of robots does not mean that these cyborgs manage the factory instead of the board but that human-generated algorithm delegate, assign and coordinate tasks.
Decision-Making Authority, Team Efficiency and Human Worker Satisfaction in Mixed Human-Robot Teams