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Dr. Robert Dale

Just in case you hadn’t noticed: The robots are coming

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Just in case you hadn’t noticed: The robots are coming

Well, you probably had noticed. It’s hard to miss. Newspaper articles and blogs everywhere herald their arrival. The stories usually follow the same general formula. A catalogue of amazing things that robots (really AI systems) can do. Debate about forced unemployment versus people freed up to do more interesting work. And then some comments about whether it’s for the good or bad. You can generally infer the general tone from the choice of image accompanying the story: a cute Japanese robot with a plastic smile, or a more sinister face with the Terminator’s jawline.