Robots will be the next big utility, like electricity, expert Martin Ford says

Robots will be the next big utility, like electricity, expert Martin Ford says

Robots and artificial intelligence are going to pose a major threat to jobs in the coming years, Martin Ford, author of "Rise of the Robots: Technology & the Jobless Future," told CNBC on Wednesday. "Machines are encroaching on the fundamental quality that has allowed us to stay ahead of technology [for centuries]," Ford said during an interview on "Power Lunch." Machines are really beginning to "think," and they're in demand, with robot sales up 27 percent in 2016, he added.

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