"Robots and artificial intelligence are getting better and better over time. So we have robot vacuum cleaners, we have robot dish washers... [robots] being able to fold the laundry. Now this happens to be quite expensive machines... but we can have household robots do these kinds of tasks," said Dawson
"Drivers are being challenged. Drivers may not exist. Mercedes just announced they have a semi-trailer, a big truck, which is going to drive around without a driver driving it."
More knowledge tasks are also being handed over to machines, he said. He used the example of IBMIBM's Watson supercomputer assisting doctors by looking through hundreds of thousands of documents and data to come up with a suggested diagnosis to complex diseases such as cancer. Alles zu IBM auf CIO.de
There is the risk that in 'outsourcing' to machines over time humans lose certain capabilities and will be unable to do some tasks manually if they ever need to in the future, Dawson said.