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In the future, you won't have to work

In the future, you won't have to work
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I'm not talking about retirement! I'm talking about your job - and everyone's job - becoming obsolete. A future where robots take over sounds like the stuff out of a scary "Terminator" movie, but could it actually be a good thing?

That's the issue being debated in companies across the United States. Whether or not to automate positions like banker, food and beverage servers, and office clerks is not a question of if it will happen, but rather, when it will happen. According to a national survey by the job-hunting website CareerBuilder conducted last year, over 20% of companies decided to replace part of their workforce with new technologies.

Besides the fact that robots would cut salary costs, having electronically operated companies can also cut costs like work-related injuries and lawsuits. Companies in the United States pay employees an average total of $170 billion a year for on-site injuries.

Next page: But it's not all good news for companies thinking to replace humans
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