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  •  Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut predicted... (7+ / 0-)

    ...what the world would become once robots replaced workers.

    Player Piano

    The basic premise of the story is that American industry is run by a tiny group of wealthy and powerful managers and engineers, while the vast majority of the population are stripped of their well-paying industrial jobs and forced to live as poor, powerless menials.
    Vonnegut shows how most managers and engineers have always had a contempt for the average American worker and have been looking for a way to replace them even before WW2. He thought that this would primarily be by automation (as opposed to simply shipping the jobs out of the country.)
    I read it a long time ago and it still resonates.

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    by Shockwave on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:45:18 PM PST

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