Will Robots Take Our Children's Job? Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children’s books they devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I asked Toby why children like robots so much.“Because they work for you,” he said. What I didn’t have the heart to tell him is, someday he might work for them — or, I fear, might not work at all, because of them.