Rise of the robots keeps workers safe

06/4/2010 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Robots are taking over risky tasks previously carried out by human laborers, and turning factories, warehouses and offices into safer places. Whether it's handling toxic waste or hauling heavy loads, managers say that using robots for high-risk jobs lets them keep flesh-and-blood workers out of harm's way. An added benefit: "They don't take breaks and vacation, and you don't have to pay them benefits," notes one boss.

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