John Lewis seeks blueprint to reconcile robots and humans

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Department stores and grocery group John Lewis Partnership aims to find a formula for how robots and people should best interact as machines become ever more prominent participants in everyday life.

The retailer has linked with partners including agricultural robotics specialist Small Robot Company, which is working with partnership-owned grocer Waitrose & Partners on a trial of robot harvesting at the latter’s Leckford estate farm.

The project is designed to “foster and accelerate the safe and ethical adoption of robotics across British industry” at a time when the number of industrial robots active in the UK has risen by 30%, prompting fears about a nightmarish future for humans of unemployment and technological dictatorship.

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