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The  Robot  Revolution  


Tom Cheshire

Technology Correspndent


Article published  on  3/9/15

This article by Sky News discusses  the Robot Revolution and how robots will transform our economy, society and personal lives.

For some it’s unsettling: robots will take our jobs, lead to greater inequality and perhaps, if they become smarter than humans (what scientists call super-intelligent) displacing us as the dominant force on the planet.

According to a Sky News survey,more than half of us think the Government should protect jobs from being taken by robots, and most of us fear robots could eventually wipe out humanity. Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking have warned of these dangers.

Grim, but the other future is a lot more optimistic: one where robots relieve us of drudgery, take care of us at home and make us much more productive as a society: a new industrial revolution and a second machine age.

In this version, machines becoming super-intelligent is the best thing to happen to humanity. Exponentially smarter than us, they will come up with innovations we cannot dream of - whether that’s nano-robots that can repair individual cells in our body, allowing us to live forever, or eventually uploading our minds to the internet, and existing as purely digital beings.

Both these futures are rather old, in fact.

In 1965, John Good, a pioneering computer scientist, wrote that a super-intelligent machines would be humanity’s "last invention". Two years later, the hippie poet Richard Brautigan dreamed of "a cybernetic ecology where we are free from our labours … and all watched over by machines of loving grace".

What’s new is the huge advances made in robotics and artificial intelligence, especially over the last 15 years. Driverless cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, humanoid bipedal robots, speech recognition - even your Amazon recommendations - are all powered by AI and are only just the beginning. 

Robot Revolution is our attempt to make sense of it - where we are now, and where we are going. We’ve been around the world to see the most interesting robots and speak to the most interesting researchers. 

Our specialist correspondents are looking at the huge changes being wrought in their fields: Afua Hirsch on economy, Thomas Moore on the impact of robots on health, Lucy Cotter on the future of entertainment and Ed Conway on the data behind the revolution.

Online and on mobile we’re offering closer takes on the robots themselves, as well as an interactive look at how you might be improved (or not) if you were a robot.

Another reason Robot Future didn’t work as a title is because the future is actually happening right now.


0 #1 The Timekeeper 2015-09-06 08:25
It is a sad indictment of humanity when people can envisage their function as humans being replaced by machines. Have we really become that simple? Have our needs become this base, where peoples demand for originality, human interaction and creativity are so weak? If this is the case, the ominous implications for the future are plain to see.

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