Just as humans initially feared previous technologies, some are now alarmed that robots will spell doom.
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From science fiction written by Isaac Asimov eight decades ago to "Dilbert" cartoons today, the relationship between robots and humans has long fascinated – and worried – people.There's even a term, "robophobia," for an irrational anxiety about robots and other advanced automation machines.Apple computer pioneer Steve Wozniak once suggested that robots would turn us into their pets.For now, deaths by robot are very rare among industrial accidents.As chief technology officer for a private-public effort to facilitate robotic solutions in U.S. manufacturing, Professor Howie Choset of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh sees the fear of robots taking jobs making his mission tougher.
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