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In March 1964, the cover page of a popular German weekly magazine entitled Der Spiegel painted a frightening picture: An anthropomorphic robot with six mechanical arms commands an assembly line while a displaced human worker floats aimlessly in the foreground. Ejected from his station, the worker throws up his hands in despair next to a headline that reads, “Automation in Germany, the arrival of robots.” Over fifty years later, a cover page from the same magazine evoked similar themes: A giant robot arm yanks an office worker away from his computer under the headline, “You’re fired! How computers and robots steal our jobs – and which jobs will be safe.” The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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