Robotization of Work?
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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.
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Chapter 8: (Some) conclusions

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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