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AI, robots and the reconfiguration of work


AI and robots raise many uncertainties regarding work and employment. For more than a decade now strategy and foresight experts have been working to anticipate the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on human activities. The problems associated with automation are certainly not recent. They point to a long history of the stormy yet passionate relationship between humans and machines that began during the first industrial revolution. But today, as so-called intelligent autonomous systems integrate more and more domains of our social life, these issues find new expressions. Recent research conducted in mechanical engineering and computer science arouses both concern and hope. They now stir social questions that it is no longer possible to ignore. At the first glance the presence of these objects in our societies are mainly connected to technological issues. But on a social level they also raise deep and fundamental questions related to their power to transform society. What kind of society is being created around robots and artificial intelligence? How can we anticipate their impact? Thanks to ethnography, I would like to show that rather than just considering how AI and robotics result in massive job-taking or job-making, these domains deeply transform work activities.
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hal-03798271 , version 1 (05-10-2022)


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Joffrey Becker. AI, robots and the reconfiguration of work. Rethinking Work: Life in the Age of Advanced Automation, Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; University of South Australia; TalentMiles, Sep 2022, Helsinki, Finland. ⟨hal-03798271⟩
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