Pros and Cons: Is Mankind on the Brink of Robocalypse?

In an interview with Sputnik, Gor Nakhapetyan, advisor to the Russian innovation center Skolkovo, warned of the risks of wide-scale robotization, which he said could impinge on privacy rights. The interview came after the Japan government announced plans to allocate a whopping 2.5 trillion yen (more than 20 billion dollars) to launching a so-called robot revolution in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Robots have already started to take over humans’ jobs in Japan. There are robots working as receptionists in one of the country’s hotels, robots driving cabs and also a robot hosting a TV program. The government has also announced a plan to create robot nurses which would assist elderly patients. Nakhapetyan, for his part, mentioned a number of jobs that he said robots can handle, giving people the opportunity to focus on more creative, less rote activities.  According to him, robots can do monotonous work which requires no qualifications but demands…


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