Exercise: Getting the gist

I chose an editorial from New Scientist for this piece:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22429982.300-will-remotecontrolled-robots-clean-you-out-of-a-job.html#.VSL9dfnF98E

…although this online version has some minor differences to the printed version that I read.

The essential words in the article were:

  • eliminate geographical constraints on relationships, media and commerce.
  • work is now done remotely.
  • someone halfway round the world
  • warehouse on another continent
  • the idea of having humans guide relatively dumb machines
  • technology could be used to outsource all sorts of jobs, from receptionists to care workers
  • short of labour
  • virtual workers
  • digital immigrants
  • half of all jobs in the US could be at risk from automation and computerisation.
  • lack of a human bond engenders mistrust
  • an anonymous stranger might be viewing them and their property through the eyes of a robot
  • The millennial generation, people who have grown up with video calls and instant messages, may have fewer qualms about dealing with the disembodied
  • reports of the death of distance have been greatly exaggerated. But that won’t be the case for long

…and of these the line that summarises the whole article is…

technology could be used to outsource all sorts of jobs, from receptionists to care workers

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