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Still Wondering If You'd Work For A Robot Boss?

A new study seems to show that now we love the robot overlords.

Brits are currently loving their artificial intelligence, so much so that a new study has found that 53% of employed workers would be happy to work for a robot.

Perhaps ironically, nearly 1 in 10 believe that the smart technology company would be more enjoyable company than that of a human colleague. But watch out entrepreneurs, as almost a third of Brits (32%) would welcome a robot CEO.

And it seems that Millennials are the generation welcoming such radical moves with 8 out of 10 surveyed happy to bring technology into the office whereas only 6% of baby boomers would trust a robot.

(via Forbes)

For some cool science fiction references to the idea of robot bosses, see my 2011 article 'My Boss Is A Robot' Project Automates Journalism. Do you have any favorite sfnal robot or AI bosses?

As long as I'm thinking about it, the games Machine from AE van Vogt's World of Null-A could run your world. Enjoy pondering other computers large enough to run whole planets or societies: see the City Fathers from James Blish's Cities in Flight, Watchdog from Jack Haldeman's story of the same name, and Deep Thought from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

See also the way computers design computers in Isaac Asimov's 1958 short story The Feeling of Power.

The oldest reference I know about is the Government Machine from Mechanocracy (1932) by Miles J. Breuer.

Update 11-Nov-2023: As far as I know, the first use of the phrase "robot-boss" is by David C. Cooke from Women's World (1939); see robot-boss. End update.

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