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Will Robots Take Our Jobs? Probably. Should we worry? You bet.

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CC 2.0 “Cyborg Girl” by Raíssa Ruschel resized and cropped

Yesterday I wrote that the robots are here, because some people at the office have said autonomous vehicles will be the single most disruptive invention this century. But, if you live in a European city like me, you probably don’t own a car and don’t see what the big deal is. If you’re my colleague Jenn though, you’re crazy depressed at the idea of not being able to drive like a maniac (not that she ever does that).

From my perspective, cars that drive themselves are a MacGuffin. It’s really that automation more broadly will change a wider variety of things than we can imagine.  It is technically feasible that most of our jobs will be automated in the not-so-distant future.

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Where Are All the Robots?

robots and automation technology are hereCC 2.0 Image: “future car” by Luke Jones, cropped and sharpened.

Screw the Jetsons, driving yourself around in a flying car is for chumps. Flying cars are still only the stuff of science fiction, but autonomous cars – ones that drive themselves – are a reality. Yes, cars that can sense the environment around them and respond accordingly by accelerating, decelerating, or swerving, are already with us.

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