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Augmented-Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

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Chapter 4

The Robot Advantage

Contributed by Alex Lightman Edited by Brett King

“The central question of 2025 will be: What are people for in a world that does not need their labor, and where only a minority are needed to guide the ‘bot-based’ economy?”

Stowe Boyd, Lead Researcher at Gigaom Research

There is a spectre haunting humanity, the spectre of job-stealing, sexy, murderous, calculating robots. Indeed, very few technologies have captured our hearts and minds in popular fiction as much as robots. It’s when we hear that the robots we’ve known of as toys and seen in the cartoons of our childhood will replace 50 to 70 per cent of our jobs that we really start to pay attention. We are realising that we must better understand the technology, ...

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