The potential impact of advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) has been high on the agenda during conference season. Our joint fringe event with the Royal Statistical Society during the Conservative Party Conference last week explored the opportunities and challenges robotics and AI might present in the next 20 to 30 years.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform how we live and work, but will this be a positive change, and will it benefit everyone?
As we get better at making robots, many people are worried that robots will take over our jobs, resulting in mass unemployment. Will this disproportionately affect manual workers whose roles may be more easily replaced by machines and who might not have the skills required to do other types of work? Or will highly skilled professions, such the legal sector, healthcare, engineering, banking and accountancy, also be affected?
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