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People and machines must learn to work together

The robot colleague has been a reality in the industry for some time now. The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has started a project to promote optimal and human-oriented cooperation.

17 Aug. 2018
People and machines must learn to work together (Photo: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

For this purpose, four BAuA web documentations in scrollytelling format will be published in the course of the year, the first of which can now be accessed online . Written information, images, and videos show the opportunities and risks of modern robotics – and how science can contribute to man and cobot working hand in hand. BAuA is certain that collaboration will continue to be indispensable. Although robots work precisely and quickly without getting tired, their talent for improvisation “stays within the confines of their programming.” The approximately 15-minute post is rounded out with examples from operational practice.

Now that technical progress above all has initially shaped the cobot discussion in the public, topics that concern the practical handling between man and machine are coming increasingly into focus. For example, experts in the Heise magazine Technology Review give tips for cooperation . This includes learning to work together. For example, researcher Julie Shah from MIT has found that people tend to separate their work from that of the robot and to give the robot very little of it. In the end, this jealousy will not benefit either the machine or the employee. Even the German TV station, ZDF, has recently taken up the topic “robot colleague.” The 45-minute documentary provides insights into several organizations that already use robots. At the same time, it sheds light on what development means for the workforce.