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  •  It doesn't make sense to try to preserve the jobs (4+ / 0-)
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    Wisper, FG, Mr Horrible, isabelle hayes

    The people, yes, but not the jobs.  These particular functions can now be done better, faster, cheaper.  Similar shifts have happened many times in our past.

    Computer used to be a job title, for instance.

    We should definitely be concentrating on figuring out what to do when a large class of jobs is eliminated.  There should be ways to bridge the gap to a new career or to keep people occupied productively until retirement.

    But wishing the robots were less efficient or pining for the days when your checkout clerk did all his calculations by hand (or just pushed buttons to let the computer do the important calculating) is silly.

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 09:45:08 AM PST

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