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The Double Edged Sword

By |January 1st, 2017|Categories: Avoiding Dystopia|

The Washington Post recently published two articles that effectively illustrate the double edged sword of advanced robotics. Ruchir Sharma’s December 2 opinion piece affirming that “Robots won’t kill the workforce …” conveniently, misses more than half of the issue by showing only the wealth production aspects of robotics.

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Disruption in Manufacturing

By |December 17th, 2016|Categories: Helping Workers Adapt|

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States manufacturing employment rose from 1945 to a peak of about 20 million jobs in 1980. It then dropped by about 8 million, or 40%, from 1980 to 2015 while manufacturing output almost doubled. Doubling output while reducing labor by almost half was the result of automation and robotics.

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Truckers as an Example

By |June 21st, 2015|Categories: Robot Taxation Strategies|

The trucking business is extremely complex and this brief discussion of it is vastly oversimplified but the key points remain: disruption in an industry has major effects years or decades after it occurs; and self-driving trucks and delivery vehicles are about to produce a disruption of unprecedented scale.

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