This article by Leslie Willocks, Professor of Work, Technology and Globalisation at the London School of Economics explores how organisations can embrace automation.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, defines a robot as “any automatically operated machine that replaces human effort, though it may not resemble human beings in appearance or perform functions in a humanlike manner.”

It seems the first half of this definition is the part that futurologists, industry experts and organisations have chosen to focus on when it comes to discussing how robots will impact organisations. Reports by the likes of Berkley Group last year or, more recently, by the World Economic Forum have predicted that, within the next decade as many as five million ‘human’ jobs will be performed by robots – a number that will only increase over time.

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