Stop saying “robots are coming for your job”; start saying “Your boss wants to replace you with a robot”

Stop saying

Tech reporter and sf writer Brian Merchant ( previously ) calls our attention to the peculiar construction of the problem statement in articles about automation and obsolescence, in which "robots are coming to steal your job."

The thing is robots don’t (yet) autonomously arrange to show up at your workplace, uninvited, and take your job. Instead, your boss entertains sales calls (or solicits them!) from companies who want to see your work replaced with a robot, and then your boss makes a decision about whether that replacement will come with an equitable sharing of the fruits of automation (shorter hours […]

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