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Fear Not the Coming of the Robots

Those who believe the rise of machines in the workforce will decimate human jobs need only to look around them to quell their fears. It's been proven several times throughout history that that while new technology might overtake jobs in existing areas, they create many more elsewhere.

Throughout history, aspiring Cassandras have regularly proclaimed that new waves of technological innovation would render huge numbers of workers idle, leading to all manner of economic, social, and political disruption. However, consider the case of agriculture, after the arrival of tractors, combines, and scientific farming methods. A century ago, about 30 percent of Americans labored on farms; today, the United States is the world’s biggest exporter of agricultural products, even though the sector employs just 2 percent of Americans. The trick is not to protect old jobs, as the Luddites who endeavored to smash all machinery sought to do, but to create new ones. And since the invention of the wheel, that’s what has occurred. Read entire article here >