It’s hard to ignore the clamor of experts warning that automation soon will eliminate millions of jobs and disrupt the lives of college-educated white-collar workers as well as high-school-educated blue-collar workers. Unfortunately, these same experts offer few answers to how workers could survive in such an environment where executives see dollar signs and greater orders of efficiency as good reasons for replacing workers with technology. It is likely many of these decision makers won’t even consider the human cost of their actions, and their corporate lobbyists will make it difficult for the government to take punitive action to prevent massive layoffs in the private sector.

In the industrial revolution that took place during the ...

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