If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in?

‘Harari predicts the rise of the useless class: humans who can’t work because there’s always a cheaper and better robot.’ Illustration by Matt Kenyon Robin Hanson thinks the robot takeover, when it comes, will be in the form of emulations. In his new book, The Age of Em, the economist explains: you take the best and brightest 200 human beings on the planet, you scan their brains and you get robots that to all intents and purposes are indivisible from the humans on which they are based, except a thousand times faster and better. Related: The Guardian view on artificial intelligence: look out, it’s ahead of you | Editorial For some reason, conversationally, Hanson repeatedly calls these 200 human prototypes “the billionaires”, even though having a billion in any currency…

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