Summary of Will Automation Take Away All Our Jobs?

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Will Automation Take Away All Our Jobs? summary
Despite automation, more people are working today than ever before.


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Automation by its very nature eliminates human labor. Yet, as economist David Autor remarks, despite technological advances, the number of jobs is rising. As society edges toward a future where artificial intelligence reigns, how will the information age affect employment? getAbstract recommends Autor’s thoughtful, hopeful analysis of the future evolution of work to economists, policy makers and those who feel threatened by the imminent paradigm shift.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why automation hasn’t decreased the overall number of jobs,
  • What economic principles explain the increase in employment over the past 125 years and
  • What the future of work will look like.


In spite of technological progress, the proportion of Americans in the workforce is higher today than at any time since 1890. For instance, despite the introduction of automated teller machines (ATMs), the number of US bank clerks has doubled since 1970. Why hasn’t automation eliminated human employment...
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About the Speaker

Labor economist David Autor is Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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