After what was perhaps the biggest technological revolution in human history, workers ended up better off overall, even though many lost their jobs. This is something to keep in mind when considering the future of work.
In the 19th century and early 20th century, improvements in plows, tractors, and combine harvesters put millions of farmworkers out of a job. In the US, the number of people working agriculture fell from about 12 million in 1900 to just over 3 million in 1970 , even as the total population almost tripled over that time. (Most other rich nations followed a similar […]