Robot Sabotage

As the Industrial Revolution gathered strength in the 19th century, English workmen attempted to destroy new textile machines because they seemed to be taking away their jobs. Nearly two centuries later, some employees are using similar tactics against the new robots that are beginning to appear in more and more plants.

Gerrit Nijland, a professor of industrial robotics at Berenschot Management Training Center in The Netherlands, has just concluded a study of the acceptance of the automatons in his country, where 70 firms currently use robots. He found that the most common form of sabotage was to...

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