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Jakarta Post

Urban chat: My robots of the week: Yoshi and Sophia

  • Lynda Ibrahim

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 21 2019   /  02:35 am

A few years ago, my friend Debs, a human resources executive at a renowned foreign bank, sent out a reading on jobs that would be replaced by machines in a decade or so.It was not one of those the-apocalypse-is-here kind of texts, but a sobering one that employed logic and referred to real tech.I nodded along and, upon noticing that some of the jobs listed were in the banking industry, half-jokingly asked Debs if she felt her job would survive the tech revolution. She never answered. But hey, Debs is always too busy.As  artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Glair CEO Michell Handaka explained earlier this week during the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Dialogue on frontier technologies, at least a dozen “smart” machines already help a typical urbanite on a regular basis, perhaps without him/her much noticing it — from alarm arranging for timely qua...