Robot Workers: Coexistence Is Possible

In more and more industries, human workers are losing out to robots—but coexistence is possible
Illustration by Andrew Rae; Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

The robots are coming. Resistance is futile. From car factories to microprocessor plants to fulfillment warehouses, a single robot can now handle tasks that once took hundreds of man-hours to complete. This relentless march of automation is causing economic upheaval. As time goes on, companies will become more productive and more efficient, but the amount of human labor required will decrease and the pay will be less. The sentient worker will be reduced to a relic of a simpler age.

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