In this early part of the 21st century, a growing number of anxieties crystallize around the use of robots and automation, both in the workplace and in our homes. We worry about robots taking our jobs, becoming smarter than us…and eventually replacing us altogether.
It may not rival the FIFA World Cup in the public imagination just yet, but the international tournament that has just wrapped up in Montreal plans one day soon to become the showcase for the world’s best soccer players.
Robots are not only making agriculture more efficient, but also they are having a beneficial impact on the environment. A solar-powered weed-killing robot, for example, will help farmers cut down on the need for herbicides and genetically modified crops.
A recent OECD study estimates that 14% of jobs in developed countries are “highly automatable”, while a McKinsey report from last year suggests that as many as 400 million to 800 million jobs worldwide could be automated by 2030.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been held on 3 December each year since 1992 to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities, and celebrate their achievements. Over one billion people in the world have some form of disabili