Summary: Over the past year we have seen plenty of warnings about the potential impact of robots and artificial intelligence on jobs.” Martin Ford “sees the robots moving up the value chain, threatening any jobs which involve humans sitting in front of screens dealing with information – the kind of work which we used to think offered security to middle-class people with average skills.” Thousands of robots move millions of products across warehouses, controlled by complex algorithms, and have replaced two-thirds of staff. Humans are still faster in picking individual products and putting them into boxes, but for how long? “If robots can do everything, and the rewards all flow to those who own them, he sees rising inequality and a threat to the whole current model of capitalism.

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Author: Rory Cellan-Jones

Language of Article: English

Publishing date: 2016, April 22