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Software will change the world – but is it one we want to live in?

A robot’s piercing blue eyes stare out from the page. Below the picture the message reads:

Dear Students & Graduates, One day my friends and I will take you jobs. For now, you can go to Web Summit for FREE on Wednesday evening, November 5 to learn about the future of jobs. And yes, software will replace the professional classes and probably by the time you’re 35. Sorry…

It’s a striking ad and one that seems to have had the desired effect. Web Summit founder and CEO, Paddy Cosgrave, noted on Twitter that the event had received over 1,100 signups thanks to the aggressive android.

But should we be so comfortable that software will sweep away even bigger swathes of the workforce in the next few years?...