Automation apocalypse: Too many robots? More like not enough.

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  • Ezra Klein, editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox, doesn’t buy into automation apocalypse theories. The data is not there to support those predictions.
  • “In many cases, part of the problem in our economy is not that we have too many robots but that we don’t have enough robots,” says Klein. “If we were being able to do a better job automating things … we would be getting richer faster and we would be able to share those gains faster.”
  • Klein doesn’t believe greater automation will leave us with a useless class of jobless people. Humans excel at assigning value to jobs, unrelated to their actual use or dignity, he says. Humans will imbue new jobs with both social capital and money as the future pushes forward.

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