Automation Doesn’t Have to Mean Unemployment and Misery

Automation Doesn’t Have to Mean Unemployment and Misery

From the 1940s to the 1970s, much of the US intelligentsia was transfixed by the notion that technology would in short order largely eliminate manual work. (Yuichiro Chino / Getty Images) The following review of Jason Resnikoff’s Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work (University of Illinois Press, 2021) is reproduced from our sister publication Catalyst Review , which features weekly commentary on important scholarly work. The threat that automation is in the process of destroying large numbers of jobs has been much discussed recently. Sober think tanks such as the Brookings Institution and the McKinsey Global […]

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