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I was on a panel about automation and the future of work a couple of days ago, giving me a reason to read some of the latest articles on the subject. It’s a bright picture! Nearly half of Ohio workers hold jobs that a University of Oxford study has identified as likely to be automated […]
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If Democrats are going to start articulating pro-worker policies again as central platform planks, they need to get on board real fast to the problems that automation is already causing, problems that will grow rapidly. Robot developers say they are close to a breakthrough—getting a machine to pick up a toy and put it in […]

Made in the USA

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On April 18, 2017

Sure, I roll my eyes at companies saying they can’t actually make their products in the United States because they can’t get their supply chains here. Well, you can always make the parts y

The Jobless Future

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On March 27, 2017

Above: The United States, circa 2040 Who is ready for our jobless future? Thirty-eight percent of jobs in the U.S. are at high risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the nex

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This piece on automation in the Permian Basin oil fields is telling for both why companies want to automate all their jobs and why this is disastrous for working-class Americans. A few bits: In the land where oil jobs were once a guaranteed road to security for blue-collar workers, Eustasio Velazquez’s career has been upended […]
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