Report a mispronounced word. Is a robot going to steal your job? We are all familiar with the dystopian scenario. This bleak picture troubles those who look beyond short-term political cycles at how technological trends will shape our society and our economy in the decades to come. But let me ask a slightly different question. What mundane tasks would you willingly pass off to a friendly robot helper? Checking for meeting rooms? The stuff you enjoy, probably, and the bits that are actually productive. But that is not to say that we lack all agency about when it comes, how work will change or the impact of the coming revolution.
Whether the inevitable robots replace us at work or make our work happier and more rewarding — that is in our hands. Companies that get this right have a huge amount to gain. All this requires a change of mindset. This means looking at work within organisations from all angles — involving workers, employers and other stakeholders, such as consumers, in designing technological augmentation.
Recognising the inputs and outputs of a particular job, carving out elements where automation would be welcome, can set workers free to achieve more. In the end, the fourth industrial revolution will bring with it massive new automation. It will not drive humans from the labour market entirely. This will not happen organically; it needs us to be vigilant and to design the tools and the processes to tell the difference between these two approaches. But the prize is real and hugely exciting. I, for one, welcome our new robot underlings.
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Peter F. In dystopian London, a young woman named Sonnie with teammates Wes and Ivrina participate in underground "Beastie" fights: Remotely controlled bio-engineered gladiator beast battles. Ringmaster Dicko attempts to bribe Sonnie to throw the match , but she declines.
Her team explains that Sonnie was sexually assaulted in the past, and her desire for revenge becomes her "edge". Sonnie enters the arena, piloting her beast, Khanivore, to fight the opponent, Turboraptor. After a brutal match, Khanivore wins. Dicko's mistress visits Sonnie to seduce her, before severely injuring Sonnie. Dicko appears, stating he isn't happy with Sonnie's rejection. Laughing, Sonnie reveals that her body is only a bioware processor spliced to a spine, revealing that her consciousness was always inside Khanivore, and that the fear of death in combat is her real edge.
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She kills the mistress, then grabs Dicko as the screen goes dark. Long after the fall of humanity, three robots K-VRC, XBOT , and a triangular bot wander through a post-apocalyptic city, trying to understand how humans lived based on their limited knowledge of them and the things they left behind. They learn the concept of human sports, consumption, and eventually pets when they encounter a live cat, which proceeds to follow them.
The three robots learn about their origins and later arrive at what appears to be a nuclear missile base, where the triangular bot explains that humans died out from environmental disasters caused by their own actions. K-VRC states that at one point, humans genetically engineered their cats. Then the cat proves this by showing it can speak, and it's suggested that cats contributed to mankind's extinction.
The cat demands to be petted, while many other cats in the base corner the three robots. A woman witnesses a murder in the apartment across from her hotel in Hong Kong.
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The murderer realizes he has been seen, but notices the similarity between his victim and the witness so he proceeds to chase her. The woman hails a cab and contacts the authorities and a man named Vladimir about the murder, leaving the details vague in her confused state. She then visits a strip club where she works as a dancer under the alias Zawora. The man enters the club, guided by the host. When the witness sees the man in the audience during her dance, the man and woman engage in a cat-and-mouse game across the city streets.
The woman, who stole Vladimir's gun, hides in an apartment but the man finds and corners her. They proceed to fight over the gun, with the woman ending up shooting the man dead. She then realizes a man in the hotel across the street witnessed the murder and she notices his similarity with her victim. A small community of farmers pilot mech suits to defend their land from an invading swarm of insectoid aliens dubbed "DeeBees". When the defense field fails, DeeBees pour in faster than they can repel, so as the community hunkers in a shelter, all arms are called in and one neighbor, Jake, sacrifices himself to kill a large portion of the swarm.
As this happens, the biggest one comes through, the Big Mama. With a well aimed shot from a turret gun, Big Mama is destroyed by the wife of one of the farmers. Come dawn, the barriers are back to normal and the town return to a sense of safety. After the battle the camera view moves to show the whole planet has a population of DeeBees living on it, and the farmers have set up small colonies on the planet as the real invading force. Flynn, a hired mercenary, and Dr.
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Wehunt, an archaeologist, escape through an underground tunnel, fleeing an unknown assailant. Moments before, both of them accompanied by an intern, Simon, discover a cave with writings in it.
A demon suddenly reveals itself by killing Simon, which causes it to mutate into a larger, more bestial form. After it transforms, Flynn escapes with Dr. Wehunt and informs his two employees Micky and Gary. On their way, they are confronted by the demon, revealed to be Dracula. Dracula attempts to kill Flynn, although it stops after seeing a cat. Wehunt explains that Dracula fears and hates cats, which Flynn uses to scare it away.
The two reunite with Micky and Gary in a chamber, although they are trapped from the main exit. Realizing that Dracula has followed them, Dr. Wehunt searches another exit through a secret tunnel while the mercenaries set up explosives. Entering the chamber, Dracula is bombarded with bullets. The team escapes, while Dracula enters and is killed in an explosion. Wehunt states that tunnel leads them to prison cells, which turn out to be filled with similar demons.
A group of scientists mutate yogurt by fermenting bacteria. Although initial tests fail, a researcher takes the mutated bacteria home for her homemade yogurt, unaware that it has become sentient. The yogurt asks to meet US leaders, to whom it claims to have solutions for the country's problems. As payment, the yogurt requests control over the State of Ohio.
The leaders initially laugh at the offer, but accept after the yogurt threatens to go to China. It proceeds to receive a century-long lease on Ohio, promising respect for the humans and constitutional rights within its borders. Soon, the yogurt evolves and comes up with an instruction to eradicate national debt.
It gives this to the US president, but warns him that any deviation will be catastrophic. He accepts, though deviates, and the global economy soon collapses except for Ohio. In desperation, the government gives the yogurt supreme executive power, despite some rejecting the idea.
A decade later, humans live prosperous lives under the yogurt's reign; to the surprise of humans, the yogurt decides to initiate space launches, and leaves the humans behind on Earth. Alastair Reynolds.