Humans vs robots (ロボットは人類に何をもたらすのか)
Stories making the news this month
6 Who is Palau’s marine sanctuary for?
6 Happy feet for penguin campaigners in Chile
7 Not another bleeding veggie burger
7 Sanctuary scholarships for migrant students
7 Introducing Leo Varadkar
8 Dark side of the desert Louvre
8 Grief and guilt after Freetown mudslide
9 Brexit threatens African exporters
9 Cash averts famine in Somalia
Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful
[The Big Story - Human vs robots
10 The age of disruption
We are being presented with a techno-fix vision of the future that will leave many of us reeling. Dinyar Godrej on the need to change it.
14 Killer robots
Noel Sharkey’s stark warning against the latest arms race.
￼17 Building the future, living in the past?
How Japanese society and robots match up, by Christopher Simons.
20 When the Foxbots muscle in
‘Replacing humans with robots’ is official policy in China. Jenny Chan reports on what it means for workers.
22 Automating the farm
Precision agriculture is where it’s at – according to the corporate giants. Jim Thomas inspects their plans.
24 Plutocrats and paupers
If automation will decimate job prospects, we need better proposals than those currently available, says Nick Dowson.
27 Kate Smurthwaite Why some punchlines are beyond a joke PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.
37 Mark Engler The dangerous dignity of war
30 Sponsored abuse
Prejudice and a lack of legal protection hamper migrant workers in Lebanon. Fiona Broom on the struggle for rights.
32 Music reviews
Laissez Passer by TootArd; Live at Ronnie Scott’s by Nitin Sawhney.
33 Film reviews
I Am Not a Witch directed and written by Rungano Nyoni; Menashe directed and co-written by Joshua Z Weinstein.
34 Book reviews
The White Book by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith; Red Famine by Anne Applebaum; The Rage by Julia Ebner; The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton.
PLUS Also out there...
PLUS: Open Window, with guest cartoonist Payam Boromand from Iran.
5 Letter from Cochabamba
Amy Booth reports from on an overlong dry season.
28 Country Profile: Uzbekistan
36 Southern Exposure
Ethiopia-based photographer Maheder Haileselassie snapped a collective effort to rid Lake Tana of an
38 And Finally
Mexican author and political scientist Yuri Herrera talks drugs, racism and masculinity with Graeme Green.