By Nick Hawes, Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Robotics at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

There is a great deal of excitement surrounding the use of robots in a variety of industries, from security and care to logistics and manufacturing.

These are not the robots of the past, who were static automatons confined to cages and empty factory floors,…

By Dr Matthew Howard, Lecturer in Informatics at King’s College, London

Will the rise of machines threaten the human race? Are they truly capable of emotional intelligence? Will they put us all out of work? And more importantly, can they do the washing up?

Much of the public perception about robots is driven by Hollywood movies and alarmist or poorly informed media claims. People fear robots because they are portrayed with super-human capabilities, or because they worry about losing their jobs. Yet real robots are not like that. Robots are far less capable than humans or…

By John Van Reenen, Professor of Economics and Guy Michaels, Associate Professor of Economics, Centre for Economic Performance London School of Economics.

Over the last 30 years, inequality has risen as new technologies have massively increased the demand for highly skilled workers. Yet as our research shows, it is not simply a case of the more educated benefiting at the expense of the less educated. Rather, it is the middle-skilled who are losing out most.

In the UK today, the richest tenth of male earners receive almost four times as much as the poorest tenth, whereas…

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