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Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs
Imagine that 7 out of 10 working Americans got fired tomorrow. What would they all do? It’s hard to believe you’d have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force. But that—in slow motion—is what the industrial revolution did to the workforce of the early 19th century. Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of American workers lived on the farm. Today automation has eliminated all but 1 percent of their jobs, replacing them (and their work animals) with machines. It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation. First, machines will consolidate their gains in already-automated industries. All the while, robots will continue their migration into white-collar work. And it has already begun. Click to Open Overlay Gallery Here’s why we’re at the inflection point: Machines are acquiring smarts. Consider Baxter, a revolutionary new workbot from Rethink Robotics. 1. Go Back to Top.

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