Robots not a threat to our livelihoods

This year it feels like robots are suddenly everywhere. Geneva airport is trialling a robotic “baggage butler”. Adidas has announced it will make shoes at a German facility populated overwhelmingly by machines. We are already driving cars that make split-second corrections to our poor decisions, and Google and others are advancing ever closer to allowing us to simply sit back and let the vehicle do all of the work. There are retailers and logistics companies investigating the potential of drones delivering everything from groceries and takeaways to vital medicine and emergency aid, while various stories of robotic doctors, robotic bankers and robotic artificial intelligence are a newsfeed staple. This is really all as the science fiction of the 20th century predicted. We don’t yet live on Mars or arrive at…


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