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The Robot Revolution arrives, and the world changes

Summary: The first signs of the robot revolution have appeared, a trend that will reshape our world — automation moving from manufacturing into the service industries. Economists see the evidence but are blinded by their biases. This post provides excerpts from a new book about the revolution, and some interesting observations.  This post is the fifth in …

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Economists grapple with the first stage of the robot revolution

Summary:  The first signs of the robot revolution have appeared, automation moving from manufacturing into the service industries.  Economists see the evidence but cannot understand.  This post provides some explanations to this complex issue.  Links to other chapters of this series appear at the end. This series describes a trend that will reshape our world, one which …

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Coming of the robots, reshaping our society in ways difficult to foresee

Summary:   Next in a series looking at one of the great social challenges of the 21st century. Journalists obsess over shockwaves — high probability, low impact scenarios.  So many shockwaves of advocates willing to make outlandishly exaggerated statements with God-like certainty — often by people with a financial interest in study or mitigation of that danger. …

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The coming Robotic Nation

Summary:  A second post about the coming waves of unemployment from the development of semi-intelligent machines, the next wave of automation. The future will bring large and terrifying changes to our society, especially the inevitable progress of technology.  Fortunately we have a few people looking ahead, helping us prepare to manage these changes — to …

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The coming big increase in structural unemployment

Summary:  The future holds many new and strange challenges.  And some that we’ve grappled with successfully for generations, but most be confronted anew again.  Such as automation.  Links to other posts in this series appear at the end.   Science fiction now, but fact for our children or grand-children.   Excerpt from James Blish’s A Life for …

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