CHAPTER SIX

THE DEATH OF THE GOOD JOB

The Nature of Work in the Autonomous Revolution

ONE OF THE MOST FRIGHTENING EFFECTS of the Autonomous Revolution is that the new technologies that are replacing the human mind are rapidly creating a widespread shortage of traditional work—from service and blue-collar jobs through positions traditionally held by professionals. For now, though, most of the impact is being felt by blue-collar and entry-level white-collar workers. The “good job,” that gateway to and mainstay of the middle class for nearly three quarters of a century, is in steep decline.

The immediate consequence of this has been large numbers of people living lives of despair. Job loss may already be a major contributor to the increasing rates ...

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