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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

The chapter contains a summary of the contents of the book, explaining its goal of following the introduction of robots to workplaces since the 1920s until today. It also contains a definition of the term "robot" as used throughout the book.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

In this chapter we describe the global focus on the supposed unemployment caused by robotization, which emerged at the end of 2013 and lasted until 2017, when climate concerns took over the leading place in public attention.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

The chapter contains an argument for analyzing the role of popular culture in shaping public opinion, supporting it with examples of other studies that started with this assumption.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

The main chapter in the book, it contains the analysis of twelve works (novels and films) of popular culture that concern the issue of robotization of work.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

In this chapter we summarize the analysis of popular culture works by using taxonomies constructed on two dimensions: what people can do to robots vs. what robot can do to people, and good vs. bad.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

Beginning with a short history of the fears related to a “technological unemployment,” the chapter continues with an analysis of 175 news items, blogs, and articles in popular media dedicated to the topic.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

In this chapter we review best known recent works of social scientists commenting robotization, ending with emphasizing cultural differences in approaching this theme.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

In this final chapter we summarize the main topics present in popular culture, the media and in social sciences. While some discussions are clearly speculative at present, field studies reveal an increasing use of robots in military and DDD-jobs. Collaborative robots seem to be the future of most industries; self-driving cars are practically ready, while the use of robots in care and services differ between countries. The issues that remain unsolved are costs, energy sources, and income; the solutions proposed are solar energy, Universal Basic Income and a tax on robots.

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Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

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Robotization of Work?

Answers from Popular Culture, Media and Social Sciences

Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges

In this timely book, Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges examine the hopes and fears around work and job security inspired by automation, from the original coining of the term ‘robot’ to the present day media fascination. Have these hopes and fears changed or do they remain the same? This discerning book investigates whether these changes in perception correlate to actual changes taking place in the field of robotics.