From Underemployment to Inequality

David Brooks’ op-ed piece in today’s New York Times, The Inequality Problem, is a very worthwhile read explaining the complexity behind ever-increasing income gaps. Most relevant to Robot Futures, he notes that a fundamental problem isn’t just the level of the minimum wage, but the number of persons who simply cannot work full-time because of the lack of available positions.  Connect robot automation trends to this story and the conclusion is clear: robotics is on track to further accentuate the same basic factors leading to ever-increasing inequality.

 

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