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Robots don’t take people’s jobs – they make new ones

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Angela Merkel touches a robotic arm

Angela Merkel shakes hands with one of Germany’s top workers

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Robots are the great bogeymen of the 21st century. With their superhuman strength and non-stop work ethic many feel they are gunning for our jobs. But these fears may be overblown. The first comprehensive look at automation on the German economy suggests that robots created more jobs than they destroyed.

People’s fears have been stoked by headlines warning of the robot take over. A 2013 Oxford University study, for example, suggests robots are poised to replace as much as 47 per cent of the US …

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