In the 1800s it was the Luddites smashing weaving machines. These
days retail staff worry about automatic checkouts. Sooner or later taxi
drivers will be fretting over self-driving cars.
The battle between man and machines goes back centuries. Are they taking our jobs? Or are they merely easing our workload?
Study of census results in England and Wales since 1871 finds rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making working humans obsolete.
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Scott Baker is a Managing Editor & The Economics Editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Global Economic Intersection.
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