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  • The rise of robots is making people safer – and scared
  • The rise of robots is making people safer – and scared
    Garry Knight, Creative Commons (2015) ©
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Can we trust robots?

As our lives become more automated, the consumer robotics industry is only set to grow. But something is holding the market back – people find it difficult to trust these machines, especially in their homes and offices. Why do they make us uneasy, and what will convince people to trust robots?

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You’re driving on the German autobahn at 100mph. It’s a dark night, cars are speeding past, and your hands are gripped on the steering wheel. But the thing is – you’re in a self-driving car. Technically, they’re safer than regular cars; around 94% of auto accidents are due to human error, with driverless vehicles capable of minimising or completely negating this factor. [1] So at what point do you take your hands off the wheel and relinquish control to a machine?

If you don’t feel comfortable with the idea of letting a machine drive you, you’re not ...

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