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050604socimplica - 16.422 Human Supervisory Control Social...

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Social Implications 16.422 Human Supervisory Control
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• Improve: Efficiency & productivity Task performance & reliability Human safety, both operators & public Remote operations Reduction of human labor Technological advancements Improved quality of life Health care – Leisure But there are some problems…. 16.422 Advantages of Automation
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Automation Issues for the Individual • Employment Centralization of management Identity & desocialization Work dissatisfaction Supervising as opposed to interactive control Technological (il)literacy • Deskilling Responsibility & accountability Trust and biases “It will always be far easier to make a robot of a man rather that to make a robot like a man.” (Engelberger 1981) 16.422
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Problems with Automation for Society “Technological imperative” – Technological determinism as opposed to social construction Productivity vs. meaningfulness • Tele-governance – Feed forward versus feedback – Privacy Cell phones, automobiles, employee monitoring Reduced social contact 16.422
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More Problems with Automation… System complexity & cost – Affects both the individual and groups Group diffusion of accountability Impact on natural resources Tele-robotic spies Over-trusting technology Smart weapons 16.422
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A Comparison of Nuclear vs.
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