The robots are coming: friends or foes?

Will the ‘second machine age’ bring forth a new era of potential liberation from menial toil or will the short-term costs for low-paid workers outstrip the benefits? Does the contemporary debate simply reflecting some of the costs involved in technological progress, or is it evading some of the underlying economic and social issues? Has the march of the robots, which has been declared numerous times before, been greatly exaggerated?