Future Tense

Will Robots Steal Your Job?

Join Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo at the New America Foundation for an event about machines as doctors, lawyers, and creators.

We’ve seen robots take over many jobs that require routine activities and manual labor. But what impact will they have on high-skilled workers, including medical professionals, lawyers, scientists, and journalists? Which jobs are most vulnerable to the “robot invasion,” and which jobs will the robots be unable to touch? (Hint: not many.) Should we be happy about the robots—after all, they’ll probably make our jobs easier—or should we be worried? And if the robots are coming, should we try to stop them?


Please join us on Sept. 29 for a Future Tense event to discuss how increasingly intelligent machines are entering the American workforce. Panelists include Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo; Tyler Cowen, author of The Great Stagnation and blogger at Marginal Revolution; Robbie Allen, whose company StatSheet could put sportswriters on unemployment lines; and others. They’ll grapple with questions like, “Can robots do nuance?” and “Can the economy survive a robot uprising?”

The event will be held at the New America Foundation at 1899 L St NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C., at 3:30 p.m. RSVP here. Can’t make it to D.C.? Follow the webcast and tweet along with the hashtag #robotics.