We’ve all heard that the robots are coming. They might not be relentless terminators trying to eradicate us all from the planet, but according to modern folklore they might be trying to steal our jobs. We could just find this a little inconvenient and perhaps a bit worrying. What is everyone going to do with themselves whilst the robots busily and efficiently whir away in our offices and factories? Will we all have to take up golf?

Too often the response has been vague; it’s inevitable, just go with it, it will all work out fine. Honestly. Trust us. So it was good to read Jeremy Hadall’s article giving three good reasons why we shouldn’t worry about job losses, and should instead happily invest in automation and robotics rather than practicing our putting. Of particular note is the need for the UK to catch up, as it seems we are somewhat lagging behind. It might be that our traditional ‘mend and make do’ attitude has something to do with that, so as we enter the promised new era of wider world trade we may well require a different mind-set based on confidence and optimism rather than fear.