The worker vs. the machine: Managing upheaval

  • Article by: The Economist
  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 7:21 PM

Humanity has been through such revolutions before, and it’s starting again. Inequity is inevitable, but it needn’t lead to havoc.

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davehougJan. 19, 14 7:02 AM

SOOOOO if a person doesn't care to graduate high school, a easy task that shows employers they can behave and learn, what will be THEIR future???

chaucer1Jan. 19, 14 8:36 AM

How logical! After corporate incentives are paid and taxes are lowered, direct even more public money to train workers to fill jobs that will make yet more money for the same corporations. Then, use what little remains to provide tax credits and welfare benefits to the lowest paid workers so that record profits and outrageous salaries continue unimpeded by a rising minimum wage. Ingenious.

gandalf48Jan. 19, 1411:51 AM

This story has many good points, although I would like to see a discussion about a more efficient education system. That's what we need more than anything right now, a quick, relatively cheap post secondary education system that can give anyone some in demand skills to earn a livable wage.

SlickrocksJan. 19, 1412:12 PM

50 years ago, this was the promised panacea, and it was suppose to be a really good thing. Since machines would do all the menial, repetitive, and heavy labor, there would be better jobs and more leisure time for people. But it hasn't quite turned out that way. A lot of people seem to be stuck in those lower-rung jobs rather than learning the skills necessary to qualify for better, higher-paying jobs. If we as a society could figure out how to unstick them, think of what we as a civilization could accomplish!

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