Out of work? You should blame computers

EXPERTS have warned that rapidly improving artificial intelligence could lead to mass unemployment just days after Google revealed the purchase of a London based start-up dedicated to developing this technology.

Dr Stuart Armstrong from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University said there was a risk that computers could take over human jobs "at a faster rate than new jobs can be generated".

"We have studies looking at which jobs are the most vulnerable, there are a lot of them in logistics, administration, insurance underwriting," said Dr Armstrong.

"Ultimately, huge swathe of jobs are potentially vulnerable to improved artificial intelligence."

Dr Murray Shanahan, a professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London, agreed, noting that improvements in artificial intelligence were creating "short-term issues that we all need to be talking about".