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Robotisation: time to face the future

Robots will soon be moving in on the professions

By Tom Watson   January 2017

In Edward Bellamy’s 1888 novel Looking Backward a young Bostonian emerges from a state of suspended animation in the year 2000 and is startled to find the inequalities of his own era banished. A Utopian 21st-century America has abolished money, private enterprise and poverty—every industry is owned and managed for the benefit of all.

There are glimpses of our present in Bellamy’s vision of the future. It featured a form of credit card and…

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