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Relax, robots won’t be taking your job

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My favourite series as a kid was The Jetsons, not so much because it was funny but because it was aspirational, particularly Rosie the robot who took care of all domestic chores: the cooking, the cleaning, the serving, everything.

You’d be forgiven, then, based on an endless queue of media articles, for thinking Rosies are our future and that you’ll someday lose your job to one. They’ll be delivering your groceries and serving your coffee, and they’ll be cleaning your house and driving your bus. They’ll even be giving you advice and keeping you company. But one thing they won’t be doing is taking your job.

Will the future Rosies of the world be taking our jobs?

So if you’ve been worried, you can relax. Because much like many of the technologies of the past that were accompanied by specific prognostications – such as computers making work unnecessary, email saving us from overwork (ha!) and e-readers killing the printed book – this, too, is unlikely to happen.

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