Robotic futures

It is as hard to understand a technological revolution while it is happening as to know what a hurricane will do while the winds are still gaining speed.

Through the emergence of technologies now regarded as basic elements of modernity — electric power, the arrival of automobiles and airplanes and the internet — people have tried, with hit-and-miss success, to assess their future impact. The most persistent and touching error has been the ever-dashed hope that, as machines are able to do more work, human beings will be freed.....

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