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Robots: Is it really different this time?

Tuesday, 7 June, 2016

That’s the question posed by Louis Anslow, whose Newtru.st is researching “new ways to accredit knowledge without tests or physical intermediaries.” Technology, says Anslow, “has always triggered fears of mass unemployment. In 1811 it was the Luddites, who assumed they were done for.” From those roving bands of English workers who destroyed machinery in the 19th-century, Anslow tracks the dread of technology right up to the present in Robots have been about to take all the jobs for more than 200 years. Now, he says, “the advent of self-driving cars and consumer facing A.I., the fear of automation is once again at a fever pitch.”

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