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ASIMO robot walking down stairs

Soon we will have autonomous robots in society, as domestic helpers, soldiers and even doctors. 

Robots are likely to become more common:

  • in dangerous roles where a human would not be safe;
  • to replace humans in unvalued roles, such as cleaning or factory assembly;
  • where it is cheaper to use a robot;
  • where a robot can do the job better

What might the consequences be of having more robots in society? Would they always be a good idea?

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