According to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), research appears to indicate that humans prefer it when tasks are assigned to them by a machine, rather than by another human being.
Specifically, in the study, groups of two humans and one robot worked together in one of three conditions: manual (all tasks allocated by a human); fully autonomous (all tasks allocated by the robot); and semi-autonomous (one human allocates tasks to self, and a robot allocates tasks to other human).
The fully-autonomous condition proved to be not only the most effective for the task, but also the method preferred by human workers. The workers were more likely to say that the robots “better understood them” and “improved the efficiency of the team.
|Safety Issues Loom as Humanoid Invasion Approaches|
|Flippy the Burger Flipper|
|"Future generations would look back and be amazed that 21st Century life was so people-centric."|
|"Robots have been around for thousands of years."|
|"I made a self driving potato."|
|“Systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial.”|
|“The Reality of Building Fantasy.”|
|“That is actually not the way the world has worked for most of human history.”|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”|
|“If you’re dating, you’re going to be let down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”|
|“A sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”|
|“Make all videos fun to watch.”|