A World Without Work

The U.S. labor force has been shaped by millennia of technological progress. Agricultural technology birthed the farming industry, the industrial revolution moved people into factories, and then globalization and automation moved them back out, giving rise to a nation of services. But throughout these reshufflings, the total number of jobs has always increased. What may be looming is something different: an era of technological unemployment, in which computer scientists and software engineers essentially invent us out of work, and the total number of jobs declines steadily and permanently.

Derek Thompson — A World Without Work

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Theo June 30, 2015 Reply

…as Arthur C. Clarke said, “The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play.” 🙂

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