Three Steps to Surviving the Robot Revolution | Charles Radclyffe | TEDxBristol

“In a world where you didn’t need a job to survive, what might you dream of doing?”

Fear and doom have become common reactions in the media and public conversations about the inevitable and fast-moving ‘robot revolution’ – which is already changing the world we live in.

There is no doubt that Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence will change and challenge assumptions at the core of the work we do and how we live. But rather than fret about robots taking our jobs or even pulling the plug on humanity – Charles takes a much more optimistic and radical approach. We can not only survive the robot revolution, but we can live better, fairer, more contented and exciting lives because of of it.

Embracing and honing the capabilities of the next generation of robots could help us achieve previously unimaginable goals – from ending world hunger, by taking out may of the costs of production in the food industry, to removing the need to earn a living at all.

The power is in our hands, not the robots, to build a better world together – but Charles argues in this talk that we can’t be complacent in the face of this game-changing technology, and that we all need to add our voices, hearts and minds to the debate.

This talk is from TEDxBristol 2017: Dare To Disrupt. In a world of constant change and uncertainty, these are the ‘positive disruptors’ ripping up the rule book to challenge received wisdom, demand better, and transform seemingly insurmountable problems into break-through possibilities and new beginnings.

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This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at Charles Radclyffe is an experienced public speaker on a range of subjects concerning Digital Ethics and advises organisations large and small on the opportunities afforded by Emerging Technologies and how to navigate the ethical and reputational issues they also create.

To mark his presentation at TEDxBristol 2017 – he has published a free eBook on his Digital Ethics Blog: This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at