January 27, 2017 at 12:13AM
I Help Create Automated Technologies That Are Taking Jobs; I feel guilty about it. #readingToday

I am doing my part to create this disruption, and that makes me feel uneasy. I feel even worse when I hear misleading statements about the source of the problem. Blaming China and NAFTA is a convenient deflection, but denial will only make the wrenching employment dislocation for millions all the more painful. To claim that we will (or even can) return to a time without these disruptions is unfair and dangerous. We need to rework the social contract to deal with these changes, and to provide the economic and technical tools to enable constant retraining.

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