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The robotic workforce is on the march. Are you ready?

While we can look upon the future with uncertainty, we have the capacity to understand and plan for the consequences when robotics become regular competitors for every-day work. Historically our species has shown a stubborn resistance to change when many find their livelihood on the firing line. Even today, we encounter substantial resistance to new concepts when it threatens the old guard. Violent riots rocked Paris last summer when taxi drivers voiced their displeasure at the rise of popularity from Uber. Their livelihood was threatened by a service that has seen an overwhelming positive response from the public since their creation. Uber taxis found their vehicles flipped and burned and France quickly put an end to the issue by declaring Uber’s operations within their country illegal. Sometimes it’s clear that social progress doesn’t always win over institutionalised services.

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