An optimistic take on automation, technology and jobs

Think about this: in 1936 New York City elevator operators went on strike, preventing more than a million office workers from getting to work.

A couple decades prior, about 80% of the jobs in the U.S. were in farming and factories.  A mere 100 years later those were replaced with jobs that couldn’t even have been conceived of since they didn’t exist.

Yes, technology improves at a rapid pace.  But until some omnipotent A.I. overtakes us, humans still have an impressive record of adopting technology and finding valuable, meaningful work despite massive changes.

 

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