British employees are deliberately sabotaging workplace robots over fears the machines will take their jobs, new study claims

"UK workers are sabotaging and assaulting workplace robots in an attempt to stop them taking their jobs, finds study.

It’s a common science fiction depiction of the future, artificial intelligence overthrows the human race.

But for some manual workers they have found their own ways of stopping the robots’ rise to world domination - by confusing them.

Professor Payne, who led the study, said that British businesses are less likely to get on a level with their employees and explain to them why they want to use the machines.

In turn this can lead to a higher level of resentment for the robots.

Incidents of ‘robot abuse’ are currently more publicised in the U.S. where a patrolling security robot was found drowned in a Washington D.C. office block fountain under mysterious circumstances, Knightscope, the company behind the robot claim that it slipped.

Starship Technologies, a San Francisco company who launched delivery robots in the UK, have faced attempted thefts from the robots as they go about their duty.

The report also predicted 20 million people will have been replaced by the machines in the work place by 2030.

Despite these figures researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester found that British businesses were struggling to find robot alternatives ‘cost effective’ due to the cost incurred when implementing them smoothly to the business and co-workers."

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