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    Why Aren’t Sweden’s Workers Scared of Robots?

    They shall not harm humans. While many across the developed world fret over the coming tide of automation destroying human jobs and livelihoods, Swedes don’t share that anxiety. Surveys find that 80 percent of them report positive views about robots and artificial intelligence, while 74 percent of Americans worry about it. What’s the disconnect? Not only does Sweden have a strong unemployment safety net, but also its companies don’t treat their employees like machines: As firms prosper, workers share the spoils, engendering trust. Then again, they might feel differently after androids start running HR.

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