Skilled Robot Employment Rising

In the New York Times on 18 August, John Markoff published another piece expanding on the trope of automation and job creation- except that the jobs being created are increasingly served to greater numbers of sophisticated robots, and to fewer hyper-specialized humans. The wavefront of robot capability marches forth, perhaps even accelerates forward, and we are left with an ever shrinking gap between what robots can do *more cheaply than people* and conditions under which people are, in a cold, economic sense, a superior choice. Markoff’s piece is a good analysis in that it draws together a number of examples from industry, including the shiny new Tesla plant, where the calculus of modern technology has changed the roles and nature of human employment created, even by a well-funded startup company that lives and breathes manufacturing.  When will software corporations see the same trend lines?

 

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