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Automation Trepidation

Robots will be great. Except for the workers they displace.
Getting to know our new robot overlords.

Getting to know our new robot overlords.

Photographer: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg

Decades from now, when historians look back on 2016, they’ll of course take note of the momentous votes on both sides of the Atlantic. But if they’re interested in symbolism, they might find that an even more profound turning point occurred over the English countryside in early December, when a little flying robot buzzed though the air, alighted on a lawn and gently deposited a package for a happy customer.

It was the first real-world drone delivery for Amazon.com. And it offered a bracing glimpse of the glories -- and anxieties -- of the economy of the future.