Baxter and Sawyer are robots designed to collaborate with people and perform a range of repetitive jobs

This article titled “In good hands: the robots taking our jobs, with a human touch” was written by Olivia Solon in San Francisco, for on Friday 14th October 2016 10.00 UTC

As humans battle with the idea that many of our jobs will be replaced by robots, we should be grateful that our hands are so capable. Our fleshy paws have evolved to perform such a complex range of actions that, for at least a range of tasks, robots simply can’t compete. At least for now.

“We still have not made much progress on making dexterous hands for robots,” said Rodney Brooks, the chief executive of Rethink Robotics, speaking at the Quartz event The Next Billion in San Francisco.

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