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Will Your Children Have A Job?

Are we on the threshold of a world where robots do most of the work?

Robots, artificial intelligence and automation are spreading beyond the assembly line to compete for many of our jobs. Economists forecast that as many as half of current jobs in the developed world could be lost to computers in a generation, and as many as two-thirds in manufacturing-heavy China. But what about the new jobs that will emerge? And could we be at the threshold of a world in which robots do all the unpleasant work leaving us free finally, in the words of JM Keynes, to learn how to live ‘wisely, agreeably and well’?

(Photo: Robot hand holding an apple. Credit: Getty Images)

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50 minutes

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Sat 11 Feb 2017 04:06GMT



Ayorkor Korsah - Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana

Peter Frase - Author of "Four Futures" and editor at Jacobin magazine

Daniel Susskind - Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford - and the co-author with his father of 'The Future of the Professions', a Financial Times book of the year.

Rory Cellan Jones - BBC Technology Correspondent


Also taking part:

Angus Knowles-Cutler - London Senior Partner at the accountancy firm Deloitte - has done research on how automation might impact its clients.

Paul Josephson - Professor of History at Colby College, in Maine - speaking about the origins of the 18th Century Luddite movement against new technology.


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