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.
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