The unknown can create angst and the potential of AI and robotics has many worrying about jobs (though automating away manual repetitive tasks can only be a good thing for people if we get it right).
Wired looks at
how robots have entered the workplace as painters and changed the jobs of the people around them. The robots took over brute sanding and painting, while humans did the more complicated tasks like assembly, with some looking after the robots.
Reuters takes a look
at how eastern Europe is also automating its factories as the cost of labour increases and the number of workers decreases.
In the US, a lack of labour is resulting in cows being increasingly milked by robots. A study
by University of Minnesota researchers shows that the economic benefits are not uniform though. Robots were more profitable with upto 240 cows but at larger numbers (they studied 1,500 cows) parlours remained more profitable. More here
Spotify has an army of people working on the huge swathes of data available to it and when I see them at conferences, what they achieve never fails to astound.
Spotify and indeed IBM say their focus is on assisting the musician rather than replacing them, which holds true today. If the AI cannot interpret quality, which of course it cannot with current techniques, all it can do is generate millions of tracks in the hope of creating a gem.
Would you trawl through the results?