Summary of What Happens if Robots Take the Jobs?

The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Employment and Public Policy

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What Happens if Robots Take the Jobs? summary
As technology reshapes the modern workforce, a guaranteed basic income would mitigate social unrest, encourage education and support the arts.


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Political scientist Darrell M. West envisions a future in which everyone receives a basic income, regardless of their education, profession or employment status. He argues that a basic income will mitigate the social unrest that comes with the widening income gap. Furthermore, West believes the arts will flourish, people will have time to volunteer and education will become a lifelong pursuit. getAbstract recommends this thought-provoking article to policy makers, visionaries and anyone who’s been brought low by the bitter sting of unemployment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How technology is making unskilled workers superfluous
  • Which jobs are likely to be safe from automation
  • How policy makers can prepare for the new reality


Income, health care and pensions are all vital social benefits that Americans typically receive from their employers, usually when performing full-time work. Today, however, technology is completely reshaping the traditional structure of employment. Large businesses already run smoothly with smaller...
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About the Author

Darrell M. West is the vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

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