Labour’s Tom Watson will call on society to “embrace an android” as he argues that the rise of automation in the workplace need not cause mass unemployment and should instead be welcomed.

The party’s deputy leader will make the comments at the launch of the final report of the Future of Work Commission, which has concluded that people should not fear the “march of the robots”.

Instead, it claims that if government investment is sensibly targeted, the technological revolution has the potential to reverse the UK’s economic decline and create as many jobs as it destroys.

Watson, who convened and co-chaired the commission, is expected to say: “Much has been written about the impact of technological change and the dystopian future we could all face as a result of the rise of the robots.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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