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Can humans benefit from robots in the workplace?

Some contrasting views

By Sameer Rahim  
Robotic futures

Robotic futures

“This is a topic that I’ve certainly thought about a lot,” said Timandra Harkness, chairing a British Academy debate in London on 22nd March. Will humans be helped—or replaced—by robots in the workplace? A solicitor she spoke to recently said he felt sorry for steelworkers losing their jobs to robots. She broke the bad news that there exists a bot for contesting parking tickets.

The key question was: “What are the benefits, and to whom will they accrue?” And what can we do to affect how things…

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