In Brief

Improved technology is pushing robots into almost every aspect of our society.

It’s the stuff of pure science fiction, a distant future where a mechanized workforce cleans our homes, cooks our meals and even takes care of the kids. Turns out this fantasy might not be as farfetched as we think, thanks to vast improvements in artificial intelligence, sensors and robotics technology.

But as this evolution continues and these automated servants become more sophisticated, could they eventually push into white-collar fields such as journalism, law, and medicine? Or even innately ‘human’ areas such as the arts? A majority of Gen Xers and Ys seem to think so. According to The Curve Report, 27% of people agree and 43% somewhat agree that robots have the potential to be smarter than humans. How do we go about planning for this prospective future, and what will the workforce look like as more and more jobs are automated?

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