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The robots are taking control – but not in the UK

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Advances in robotics are about to destroy millions of jobs. Tens of thousands of people will be thrown out of work. Industries will be turned upside down by intelligent machines, and economies will struggle to cope with a tidal wave of change comparable only to the Industrial Revolution. There is certainly no shortage of frenetic speculation about the impact robotics is about to have – and although some of it may be exaggerated, there is little question that a huge change is under way.

But for the British, at least – and, in fairness, the Norwegians, the Singaporeans, and a few others as well – there is a glimmer of good news. The robots may be coming, but not for us.

A study by the McKinsey Global Institute looked at the number of jobs at threat from automation country by country. It found that there were likely to be huge differences. Nations such as Japan, Germany and Mexico were most...

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