Robot revolution: rise of machines could displace a third of UK jobs

Robots made by Shaanxi Jiuli Robot Manufacturing Co on display at an industry fair in Shanghai in November. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for the elderly to flipping burgers, according to a new study. As well as robots performing manual jobs, such as hoovering the living room or assembling machine parts, the development of artificial intelligence means computers are increasingly able to “think”, performing analytical tasks once seen as requiring human judgment. Related: Robot doctors and lawyers? It’s a change we should embrace | Daniel Susskind In a 300-page report, revealed exclusively to the Guardian, analysts from investment bank Bank of America Merrill…


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