Back when I wrote posts ringing the alarm about what robots and automation would do to the American worker, I got the standard replies. They came from experts rephrasing common wisdom. They based their rebuttals on what happened when automation replaced 10 million agricultural workers with big machines.
Don’t worry, people said: “Technology and automation will create more jobs than they replace. Sure, some workers will get the short end of the stick but they only have low-end jobs.”
“The economy will boom and workers replaced by robots will have shiny, brand-new jobs to choose from.” “increasing productivity will make […]