Popular culture often takes an “us vs. them” attitude toward technology. Think about the menacing messages of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner or Terminator. Machines are bad and want to take over; people are good and must control them. In real life, though, technology isn’t nearly so scary — unless, of course, you’re worried a robot will take away your job. I’m not. Though some may see the growing popularity of so-called “robo-advisers” as a threat to financial professionals, I’m embracing this method of investing as a way to further diversify a client’s portfolio and look out for his or her best interests.

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