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Droids won’t steal your job; they could make you rich

Learn to love a robot

By Duncan Weldon   April 2017

Automated but adorable: our robot friends ©RMV/REX/Shutterstock

Popular economics moves in cycles, and each cycle gives rise to a new worry about the future. Back in 2008/9 the fashionable concern was about debt, a fear driven partially by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s This Time is Different. By 2014, cooler kids were clutching copies of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and fretting about inequality. Nowadays the zeitgeist anxiety is that robots are about to take all of our jobs. Propelled by a never-ending stream of books…

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