Quintin’s review of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim Did he mention that this fear has repeatedly been voiced throughout history for most great inventions & yet has also wound up doing the exact opposite for most of humanity? Yes, some specific jobs are lost, but overall more others are gained. This happened with the printing press, the industrialization of the 18th & 19th centuries (Luddites), movies, radio, TV, LPs, VCR, etc.


message 2: by Quintin (new)

Quintin Zimmermann A very valid point, Jim. No, he did not really address the historical issues, and more significantly, considering the past, distinguish why it may be different this time.

My impression is that the author slanted his writing for the shock value and did not equitably deal with the flip side, such as the creation of completely new jobs in the future that don't yet exist.

Martin Ford may very well be right and he does raise valid and chilling concerns, but he could have presented a far more balanced perspective.


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