Op-ed: Why machines won’t generate mass unemployment

By Andrew Charlton

Technological change has long been a source of anxiety for workers. Today, improvements in communications, robotics and machine intelligence are rekindling age-old concerns that technology will soon force millions of people out of work. But the doomsayers who claim machines will generate mass unemployment are misreading the signs.

Despite the recent spate of negative reports, the current speed at which machines are taking over human work is no faster than during past waves of technological change. What’s changed today is that jobs in the services sector are being affected en masse for the first time.

However, AlphaBeta research finds that more than changing what jobs we do, automation is changing the way we do our jobs.

Read the article in the Australian Financial Review here.


 

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