Robots won’t destroy jobs, but they will change the nature of work

06Jun17

by Ian Stewart @ The Teleghaph/Business

The world’s first operational police robot stands at attention in downtown Dubai
The world’s first operational police robot stands at attention in downtown Dubai

Most of us entertain rather ambivalent feelings about technology. We love the way in which new products and services make our lives easier and more enjoyable. But many of us also worry that the next wave of technology could destroy jobs for us or our children.

In the last few years these fears have strengthened. Today the concern is that innovation – from artificial intelligence, to advanced robots and driverless cars – will replace not just repetitive or manual jobs as they have done in the past, but also the creative, thinking jobs which make up the bulk of work in rich countries.

On this bleak assessment, corporations which control the disruptive technologies will prosper and working people will lose out.

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