Science fiction and science fact are growing ever closer together as machine learning and artificial intelligence become capable of completing human tasks and mimicking our emotions. So are robots coming to take over the workforce?

Depending on your point of view, artificial intelligence is either one of the great threats or the great opportunities for twenty-first-century workplaces.

We hear a lot about how automation has revolutionised industries like manufacturing but how might it be applied in professions like medicine or the law? Is it possible to automate distinctively human qualities like empathy, or the sort of experience-based judgement calls required from lawyers?

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