Joyce Lain Kennedy

Will robots snatch your job?

DEAR JOYCE: At 29, I am alarmed about robots taking over our jobs sooner rather than later. What's up with robots on the march? -- M.E.R.

Of everything I've read on automation and robotics, The New York Times says it most succinctly: "We may have to wait awhile to greet our robot overlords. Or at least the robots that will take our jobs."

While the march of the machines certainly is on the horizon, most serious thinkers on the topic say full replacement of many human workers will happen not overnight -- but gradually. Blue-collar jobs will go first.

Workplace automation is an enormous topic. Workshops and educational facilities are beginning to offer research...