But the robots just keep getting smarter. Jobs that we thought humans would always perform are now looking at little less secure. From adult social care and long-haul driving, to company audits and legal advice, the technology is starting to threaten the jobs we created to replace those that technology had already replaced!
Technology has been "stealing our jobs" since at least the Bronze Age, so it's surprising after all these years that any of us have a job to go to in the mornings. The tired old trope of machines stealing the bread from our children's mouths has been trotted out at intervals since the time of Ned Ludd (at least), and the reason it keeps getting an airing is simple: it plays on our fears and insecurities - and it makes great copy. This does not, however, make it true.
What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.
For each episode of the series, I try to go out on the field and talk to everyday citizens about their most pressing questions to do with the topic we're covering. In this case, a significant amount of people wanted to know if machines could behave ethically, think independently and critically, be used ethically.
While concerns about trade and outsourcing may be genuine, our world leaders will soon have to come to terms with the increasing decline of human productivity output, as the prevalence of machines - which provide much cheaper and more effective solutions for companies around the world - poses a deeply unsettling challenge to the way we model our society.
Although the introduction of robots to the workforce may ultimately make many jobs redundant, more roles will be created that enable people to develop further professionally. The jobs that are most susceptible to automation are those that are predictable, repetitive and don't require a great deal of social intelligence.
Ask anyone in the tech industry what the next big thing is and they are very likely to say bots, artificial intelligence or machine learning. Recent advancements in innovation across multiple industries and disciplines have created mass interest, and major investment, in bots - but what exactly are they and what is their full potential?