The reduction of cognitive tasks brought about by new developments in service-robots' collaboration with humans in working environments has given rise to new challenges as to how to address safety issues. This paper presents insights from biology, cognitive/neural sciences and sociology that can conquer these new challenges. The main focus lies in sociological variables that ensure safe human-robot interaction in working environments rather than addressing biological ones (avoiding bodily harm) or purely cognitive ones (avoiding any signals that are outside the human's sensory comfort zones). We will present an approach on how to integrate behavioral patterns into the robotic system in order to prevent the problem of reduced cognition in relation to essential features, which are necessary for carrying out this pattern in the context of a human-robot interaction with non-humanoid robots (which is the most typical design of robots used in work environments).
Compagna, D., Weidemann, A., Marquardt, M., & Graf, P. (2016). Sociological and Biological Insights on How to Prevent the Reduction in Cognitive Activity that Stems from Robots Assuming Workloads in Human–Robot Cooperation. Societies, 6(4), 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc6040029