The introduction of robots has been linked to increased mortality.

The introduction of robots has been linked to increased mortality.

American scientists have linked the emergence of robots in production with mortality

Experts from Yale and Pennsylvania Universities (USA) have found a link between the emergence of robots in production and an increase in employee deaths. The study was published in the journal Demography.

Scientists analyzed the statistics and found a causal relationship between industrial automation and increased mortality. The introduction of robots has often forced businesses to lay off workers, who may be overly sensitive about leaving work, experts say. At risk are men and women aged 45 to 54 years, most often people die due to suicide and drug overdose.

Each new robot per 1,000 workers resulted in about eight additional deaths per 100,000 males aged 45 to 54, according to the study. In a female group of similar size, automation resulted in almost four additional deaths. Also, the introduction of smart technology has caused a significant increase in suicides among middle-aged men and drug overdose deaths among men of all ages and women aged 20 to 29 years.

In addition, scientists have found that automation leads to an increase in the number of murders, cases of cancer and cardiovascular diseases in certain age and gender groups.

In conclusion, the authors noted that the situation can be rectified with the help of adequate state support and social protection programs. “Strong social safety nets and labor market policies that improve the quality of jobs available to workers without a college education can help reduce mortality,” the authors of the study emphasized.

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