Self-driving cars to hospital robots: automation will change life and work

Will human jobs be lost to robots? A robot serves customers in a restaurant in Shenyang, China. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images Britain is on the brink of a robotics revolution. Advances in technology are unleashing a new age where computers handle many tasks previously carried out by humans. From automated manufacturing to software that does complex legal work, business is adapting to the robot economy. Some worry that this will lead to a jobs apocalypse as “thinking machines” replace workers. Others are optimistic that robots will free workers from mundane tasks and allow them to concentrate on higher-level creative and strategic work. But one thing is clear: the economy is about to change radically. Robots are outperforming humans in numerous fields and the technology is striding ahead in the…


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