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The future of human-robot interaction: A look at three scenarios

Interaction between robots and humans will become an important feature of the industrial workplace of the future. But what sort of impact will this have on society — and what will that mean for how the technology evolves? The IfM’s Cyber-Human Lab takes a look.

Illustration by Amy Reinecke/Institute for Manufacturing

Three questions for the future of human-robot interaction

Three future scenarios

Scenario one — Social scepticism prevails

Scenario two — The economics of replacement

Scenario three — Moderated innovation

Which future will we choose?



The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is part of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering. Our vision: manufacture a better world.

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