Smart robots divide opinion in Davos

One lump or two? A robot belonging to Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB that can serve tea and coffee (Thomas Kern/ Artificially intelligent robots are only in their infancy, but Davos is already blaming them for the future destruction of jobs, the middle class and even the human race. However, some people at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) think robots are getting an unfair hearing.  A world full of intelligent machines with the same cognitive capacity as humans which can think creatively and make moral judgements on the battlefield is a worrying thought for many people. But a world with robots which look after the sick, teach children, clean up the house and construct energy-saving devices might be a more appetising scenario for others.  Smart systems already…

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