Every worker at an auto supplier factory in Michigan was told to “go on – touch the robot”, when the first of their newest, mechanical colleagues, known colloquially as co-bots arrived last year.
“I think people were scared to get close to it,” says 67-year-old Phyllis Aslinger, an inspector on the line assembling door panels at the International Automotive Components’ plant about halfway between Toledo and Cleveland on Lake Erie for nearly 28 years. A robot replaced her coworker, she says, “but I’m not afraid” of being rapped or rousted by the co-bot.
The Robotic Industries Association estimates that 250,000 robots are now in use in the U.S., the third highest in the world behind Japan and China.
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